International Brain Week
This year, the International Brain Week was held between March 12 and 18 and brought together several researchers from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon (FMUL) who participated in the proposed activities, with lectures aimed at primary or secondary schools.
The purpose of the initiative, organised by Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives is to inform the public of the progress and benefits of scientific research related to the brain, promoting and raising civil society's awareness of the various aspects of the study of the brain. Scientific institutions, universities, hospitals, schools and professional associations from around the world were involved. In Portugal, it is organised by the Portuguese Society for Neuroscience in collaboration with Ciência Viva.
There were several lectures that addressed various topics, such as:
- the structure and functioning of the brain;
- the way the brain develops with age;
- drugs and the brain;
- neurodegenerative diseases;
- how to study the brain.
This year's event involved 10 researchers, 7 schools and about 650 students.
Rita Isabel Aroeira, PhD
Manager of the Mind-Brain College of the University of Lisbon