Brain Awareness Week

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Students’ Scientific Society of Yerevan State Medical University

Organized by:
Students' Scientific Society of Yerevan State Medical University

Participating Organizations:
Yerevan State Medical University

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

6

Year:

2019

Type of Events Held:

  • Conference/Forum
  • Lecture/ Briefing
  • Other
  • School Program
  • Symposium
  • Other: Yoga
  • Other: Movie Viewing

Target Audiences:

  • General Public
  • High School students(9-12)
  • Patients & Caregivers
  • Professionals
  • University students

Approximate Number of People Reached:

650

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

This year, Brain Week in Yerevan State Medical University was dedicated to mental disorders and had a topic "The dark side of the Brain". Our aim was to improve social awareness about mental disorders. Day 1st: We started the first day with the opening ceremony. On that day BAW events started with a “Mental Health and Issues in Psychiatry” lecture by leading neuropsychiatrist Hayk Khojayan, who enlights the border between mental health and disorders. Also, he talks about the current issues of Psychiatry. Day 2nd: It is important for children and students to be aware of the other people around them with mental disorders like autism, Asperger’s syndrome. So on the next day, our team arranged visits to the schools in Armenia. Day 3rd: The third day was fully dedicated to autistic spectrum disorders. The day began with a keynote lecture “Autism in Neuroscience: Research and Models” by the Professor Konstantin Yenkoyan. After the lecture, our team and volunteers visited the Autism Training and Rehabilitation Center in Yerevan. Also throughout the week, artworks of autistic children were exhibited in the main lobby of the University. Day 4th: The next day was dedicated to international students. Working language of this day was English and students presented interactive lections about various mental disorders. The main topics were autism, schizophrenia, OCD, Asperger’s syndrome. Day 5. This day physical activities and yoga were organized, which were inspired by the idea “A healthy mind in a healthy body”. For some participants that were an interesting experience for a first time to feel that calmness in their brains. Day 6. The last day of BAW started with watching “Rain man” thematic movie.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Website
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

The most successful methods were emails and sharing our information through social media. Currently, emails are used by most of professionals and students, and there are also active in social media websites like Facebook and Instagram, so this is important to create Facebook events and share information on the wall of our organization.

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:

  • Q&A: Answering Your Questions About The Brain
  • More Mindbogglers!
  • BAW Stickers

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

  • Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research Fact Sheets

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

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

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

  • BAW Flyer
  • BAW Logos

Feedback & Keys to Success

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

Yes

Event Photos

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Contact Information

Contact Name:

Emmanuel Ghandilyan

Contact Phone:

+37491252369

Contact Email:

emmanuel.ghandilyan@gmail.com

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