Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- Other: Film-festival
- General Public
- Patients & Caregivers
- University students
- Other: Patient’s family members
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
We organized a film festival and discussion forum of neuropathologies. It was performed at evening time, Monday to Friday. Each day was dedicated to a single pathology: Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Autism spectrum disorders, multiple and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and schizophrenia. The activity schedule included an introductory section, performed by a young scientist (PhD students and postdoc and young researchers), followed by independent short films screening, and ended with an open (and surprisingly active) discussion forum with researchers, clinic’s professionals, patients and their relatives, and the general audience. It was an outstanding experience with positive results. We received immediately interest from the associations, patients and professionals (scientists, clinics, film-makers) in taking part in the project. The most remarkably result was the number of attendants, some of them participating the whole week, and their enthusiastic participation in the debate. The professionals involved were: Andrea Otamendi (Psychologist, team coordinator); Leandro Oliveros (Biochemist, team member); Cecilia Perondi (Biologist, PhD student, team member); Maximiliano Rios (Biochemist, PhD student, plastic artist, team member); Cecilia Otamendi (Kinesiologist); Milva Gonzalez (Occupational therapist); Anahí Bignante (PhD, young researcher); Silvia Ventre (Psychologist); Silvia Prediger (Psychologist); Inés Zalosnik (Biologist, PhD student); Sebastián Piemontesi (Psychologist); Francisco Rapela (Neurologist); Anabela Palandri (PhD, postdoc researcher); Martin Bedouret (ALS patient); Martín Basmadjian (Biochemist; Pharmacist, PhD student); Adrían Bueno (PhD; professor, researcher)
Event Planning & Publicity
Publicity Methods Used:
- Social Media
Other Publicity Methods:
Invitation publicited by the participating civil and scientific associations.
Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?
Of the Dana Foundation publications/resources distributed at your event(s), if any, please indicate the three most popular. Please choose up to three. If "other," please indicate below:
Other Dana Foundation Materials Distributed:
- Participating certificate
Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?
- BAW Logos
- BAW Web site banner
Feedback & Keys to Success
How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?
It became a communitary space to express negative/positive feelings of the patients and their relatives, to better understand their reality and to break down with tabu over the people affected by neuropathologies. Moreover, it was an excellent opportunity to share the scientific contributions to a better understanding of the diseases and to get people’s attention regarding the importance of the scientists’ work. The main immediate outcome was the audience’s feedback celebrating the activity.
Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:
It would be very interesting to shape a divulgation media, like a newsletter or journal, to share the experience in paper/composition form.
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