Brain Awareness Week (BAW)


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It’s that exciting time of the year where we celebrate Brain Awareness Week (BAW) all around the world! BAW is a global campaign to increase awareness and understanding of brain research, its progress, benefits, and to advocate for research funding. It is always celebrated on the 3rd week of March; this year, it runs from March 14th – 20th, 2016. The campaign founded by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives in 1996 unities families, schools and communities to celebrate the brain.

There are local events that take place in celebration of the brain globally, and you can find the closest event to you by checking the International BAW Calendar of Events if you’re interested.

In Nigeria, there’s one event this year:

Title: Neuropharmacology: Issues and Prospects

Organiser: University of Ibadan 

Date: March 18th – 20th, 2016

Location: Ibadan, Nigeria

Type of events: Lecture/briefing, Radio show, School program, Symposium

If you’re unable to make it to any local events, you can also join in the fun online through the webinar wherever you are! The webinar is an interactive platform for those who are unable to attend local events or those who simply want additional materials to supplement their face-to-face experience.

The webinar starts at 4pm GMT on March 14th, 2016 

Register Here!

If you’d like to participate in the activities, here are a list of items you’ll need: 

  • 1 Ruler of Yardstick
  • Paper
  • Pencil or Pen
  • 1 Paperclip
  • 2 Glass Jars (e.g. jam jars)
  • 2 Eggs (uncooked, in the shell) 
  • Water
  • At least one friend 

The speakers include are all involved in the Neuroscience Program at Michigan State University. They include: 

  1. Casey Henley (Online Programs Coordinator and Faculty Outreach Co-Coordinator)  
  2. Nicholas Hobbs (postdoctoral research associate)
  3. Zachary Grieb (graduate student)

I don’t know about you, but I’m really excited and I look forward to joining the webinar as I don’t have any local events in my area. Meet you there! 


  • Society for Neuroscience

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