About This Event
By Christine Gerin
RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – In March 2022, the Rio Grande Valley – Society For Neuroscience- Chapter, RGV-SFN-C, was part of the “Brain Awareness Week,” a yearly event that the organization has hosted for the last three years. And this year, 2022, was no different.
Brain Awareness Week, typically held from March 15 to 20, is an international event sponsored by the Dana Foundation – a private philanthropic organization dedicated to advancing understanding of the brain – to develop awareness and interest in the nervous system function and dysfunction.
The RGV-SFN-C’s mission in hosting the Rio Grande Valley Brain Awareness week includes,
• Education, and
• Research, of the Brain.
This year’s awareness week reflected three aspects of the chapter’s mission in the Rio Grande Valley. During the event, activities took place, and displayed selected posters of students and faculty from The UTRGV School of Medicine.
The posters presented were displayed in the Myles and Sylvia Aaronson Library corridor for three weeks from the beginning of the week-long event.
This year, the International Museum of Art and Science hosted the RGV-SFN-C Brain Awareness Day signature event in McAllen, TX. In addition, the selected posters from The School of Medicine Research Symposium at the SOM were presented with educational information and a take-home package for visitors.
The event allowed for interactive and informative exchanges with the community at the IMAS. These were achieved through seminars given by members of SOM and the Institute of Neuroscience. These panels include the 1) Introduction of the RGV-SFN-C, (2) Introduction of the Library and Its Complementarity with the Chapter On Education and Outreach, (3) Research Presentation and Perspective on Spinal Cord Injury, Neurodegenerative, and Regenerative Processes, (4) Research Presentation on Structural and Functional Differences in Psychological Traits in Animal Models, and (5) Translational and Clinical Research and Treatments Presentation on Alcohol Use Disorder.
After each presentation, event attendees had the opportunity to ask questions, leading to open discussions.