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City Tech Celebrates Brain Awareness Week with Symposium on March 18

In celebration of Brain Awareness Week (BAW), City Tech will offer a symposium to increase public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research, on Thursday, March 18, 9 a.m. to noon, in the College’s Atrium Amphitheater, 300 Jay Street, Downtown Brooklyn. Admission is free.

Titles of the talks include: “Alzheimer Disease: Mechanism of Fading Memories,” “Taurine Modulation of Insulin” and “Neurotransmitter Regulation of Hemodynamics: Novel Role of GABA.”

The symposium’s organizers are City Tech Biological Sciences Professors Nasreen S. Haque and Niloufar Haque and Biology Professor Abdeslem El Idrissi of the College of Staten Island.  

Brain Awareness Week (March 15-21) is a global campaign to increase public awareness about brain research. Founded and coordinated by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and European Dana Alliance for the Brain, BAW is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.

The day before the symposium will be devoted to fun-filled student activities focusing on the brain’s role in who we are. There will be mind games, IQ tests, virtual images, films, an information desk, coffee tasting and cup cakes galore (courtesy of human anatomy and physiology students), arts and crafts, dance lessons and performances.

Students will give talks on the effect of food and drink on the brain, coordination and the brain, learning-memory and behavioral patterns, among other topics.

“Our students will be the teachers on this day,” says Professor Niloufar Haque. “We have students from other colleges coming in to participate, including Touro College, St. Francis College and City College.”


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