Brain Awareness Week

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Newcastle Brain Tissue Resource

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Newcastle Brain Tissue Resource

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

2

Year:

2015

Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit
  • Workshop

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)
  • General Public
  • High School students(9-12)
  • Middle school students(6-8)
  • Patients & Caregivers
  • Professionals

Approximate Number of People Reached:

150

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

Newcastle Brain Tissue Resource celebrated the twentieth Brain Awareness Week at a Meet the Scientist event at the Great North Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne. With an entire gallery of fun filled brain related activities for children of all ages, the event was well attended and a great success thanks to the staff and students who helped out on the day. Using paraffin embedded pig brain sections members of the public had the opportunity to learn a long established histological staining technique. They were able to mount the cut section and take it through the staining solutions and visualise their results using a light microscope. Younger children did some great colouring and sticking and learned lots of facts about healthy eating for a healthy brain. Meanwhile information about the Newcastle Brain Tissue Resource was on display and generated lots of interest. An information stand was also displayed in the Newcastle Clinical Ageing Research Unit (CARU) at the Campus for Ageing and Vitality (CAV) during the week explaining the benefits of post mortem tissue for brain research and the work we do at Newcastle Brain Tissue Resource.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Website

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

The event was publicised on the University website and the Museum website where the event was held.

Resources

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:

  • It’s Mindboggling!

Other Dana Foundation Materials Distributed:

  • Only downloadable applicable as Uk event

What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?

  • Puzzles: BAW Favorites
  • Mindboggling Coloring Sheets

What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?

  • Fact Sheets
  • Activities/Experiments
  • New Puzzles/Games
  • New Coloring Sheets

Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?

  • BAW Logos

Feedback & Keys to Success

How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?

BAW week is a great opportunity for us to discuss our work with members of the public. There are many misconceptions about brain donation for research and our BAW event is an informal activity led day which allows potential donors to discuss what is involved and to learn about the brain in general.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

Yes

Event Photos

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Contact Information

BAW Website:

N/A

Contact Name:

Tracy Alder

Contact Phone:

+44 (0) 1912081212

Contact Email:

tracy.alder@ncl.ac.uk

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