URI Brain Fair explores brain science, health

Free, family-friendly event March 18 is part of Brain Week RI

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KINGSTON, R.I., — March 2, 2017 — Inquiring minds of all ages can explore brain health and science through creative, hands-on activities at the University of Rhode Island Brain Fair March 18 on the Kingston Campus.

This free event explores how the brain works, how URI researchers are making great strides in combating brain diseases and what people can do to keep their brains healthy.

The URI Brain Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the College of Pharmacy, 7 Greenhouse Road, Kingston.

During the event, faculty, students and staff who study the brain from many different points of view will involve adults and children in creative activities designed to improve understanding of brain science, healthy brain function and the impacts of disease. The public can participate in demonstrations such as a virtual reality encounter that simulates how a person with dementia experiences the world, how “smart” gloves and other devices can help improve daily living for people with neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, or how the brain communicates with the body’s sensory and motor systems. Participants also will learn about the brain-boosting benefits of a Mediterranean diet and the effects of music on the brain, plus much more.

The URI Brain Fair is sponsored by the George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience at URI and is part of the second annual Brain Week Rhode Island, a celebration of brain health and brain science for all Rhode Islanders.

Paula Grammas, executive director of the Ryan Institute, said the event at URI will give the public a chance to experience firsthand the exciting frontiers of brain science that URI researchers are exploring and will help make people aware of how to improve and protect their brain health.

Brain Week Rhode Island, March 11-19, includes speakers, films, workshops, discussions and other activities as part of Brain Awareness Week, a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. Brain Week Rhode Island was founded by the Cure Alliance for Mental Illness. Lead sponsors are the Ryan Institute and Brown (University) Institute for Brain Science. The Dana Foundation, a private philanthropic organization that supports brain research through grants, publications and educational programs, initiated Brain Awareness Week in 1996. For more information, including the complete schedule of events, please visit the Brain Week Rhode Island website.