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University of Iowa News Release

March 14, 2003

Public Invited To Visit Brain Discovery Neuroscience Fair

Children and adults are invited to explore the inner workings of the brain at the Brain Discovery Neuroscience Fair on Saturday, March 29, at the Iowa City Moose Lodge, 3151 Highway 6 East, in Iowa City. The fair is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Students, faculty and staff from the University of Iowa Neuroscience Graduate Program organized the fair, which is part of Brain Awareness Week 2003.

The fair features hands-on exhibits designed to illustrate how the brain performs its many complex cognitive tasks. Approximately 65 scientists from throughout the UI neuroscience community have created 12 demonstrations to help explain fundamental concepts about the brain, including memory, vision, hearing, touch, pain, movement, brain injury and development.

UI colleges, departments and programs represented at the fair include: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and the Graduate College; the Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biology, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Pharmacology, Psychiatry, and Psychology; and the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science Graduate Program, the Neuroscience Graduate Program, the Pain Research Program, the Huntington's Disease Center of Excellence, and the Mental Health Clinical Research Center.

The Iowa City Moose Lodge is donating the use of its facilities for the fair. Other local area businesses and organizations that have contributed to the event by donating goods or providing discounts on services include HyVee, Walmart, Fareway and Jelly Belly, UI Health Care, and the office of the Associate Provost for the Health Sciences.

The Brain Awareness Week Partners in Education, Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, and National Institutes on Drug Abuse also have provided educational materials about the brain, the promise of brain research, and how to keep your brain healthy and safe.

The Brain Discovery Fair is one of many activities planned by the UI Neuroscience Graduate Program in observance of Brain Awareness Week, March 10-16. Brain Awareness Week was created by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, an international partnership of government agencies, scientific organizations, universities and volunteer groups, which includes over 1,300 partner organizations in more than 50 countries.

For more information about the Brain Discovery Fair, contact Joseph Buckwalter, UI graduate student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program and chair of the fair at joseph-v-buckwalter@uiowa.edu or (319) 384-4470.

For questions about the Iowa City Moose Lodge facilities, contact Christine Garling, club manager, at (319) 356-6921.

To find out more about neuroscience at the UI, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~neuro/, and for more information about other Brain Awareness Week events around the country, visit http://www.dana.org/brainweek/

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5141 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACT: Jennifer Brown, (319) 335-9917 jennifer-l-brown@uiowa.edu