The human brain and nervous system are the subject of a special public exhibition to be held at NUI Galway next week.
As part of the international Brain Awareness Week, staff and students of NUI Galway’s neuroscience centre will hold the exhibition, giving members of the public and children an opportunity to learn more about how the brain and nervous system work.
The exhibit, which will be held on March 15/16 in the Aula Maxima at NUI Galway, will consist of interactive displays where visitors can learn more about the nervous system in a hands-on way. There will be various puzzles and tests of hand-eye coordination, visual perception, left/right handedness, creativity and many others. Plastic models of the nervous system and microscopes, which can be used to view brain cells and brain tissue sections, will be available for those interested in seeing what a brain cell and brain tissue really looks like.
It is estimated that some 180 million Europeans suffer from a brain disorder, at a total cost of almost €800 billion per annum.
The exhibit will include large information posters prepared by the staff and postgraduate students that cover a variety of illnesses, including epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, pain, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, brain injury and spinal cord injury.
Information leaflets from brain-related charities and organisations such as MS Ireland, Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland, Parkinson’s Association of Ireland, Aware, Chronic Pain Ireland, Shine, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland and Brainwave, will be available.