Amazing brain exhibition at NUI Galway

Following the success of the 2014 SSPC National Crystal Growing Competition, which was launched as part of Science Week to celebrate the International Year of Crystallography 2014, the Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC), announced the winners of the 2015 SSPC National Crystal Growing Competition at the University of Limerick. 
Second runner-up prize was awarded to Billy Clarke, Coloiste Bhaile Chlair Galway. Picture: Alan Place/Fusionshooters

Following the success of the 2014 SSPC National Crystal Growing Competition, which was launched as part of Science Week to celebrate the International Year of Crystallography 2014, the Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC), announced the winners of the 2015 SSPC National Crystal Growing Competition at the University of Limerick. Second runner-up prize was awarded to Billy Clarke, Coloiste Bhaile Chlair Galway. Picture: Alan Place/Fusionshooters

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.

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