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Escolab is involved in Brain Awareness Week 2022

02 March 2022

Science and education. Barcelona Science and Universities' Escolab programme, which takes schools into research laboratories, offers more than twenty educational proposals related to neuroscience as part of this international week.

From 14 to 20 March, cities all over the world are celebrating the Brain Awareness Week, an international initiative to raise awareness of the advances and benefits of brain research. In this edition, the Escolab programme proposes more than twenty activities in which several research centres will inform schools about their work and the latest advances in the field of neuroscience.

During the Brain Awareness Week, representatives of the scientific community researching different aspects of neurobiology offer talks and activities to students in secondary education and training courses at public and state-subsidised schools. The proposals allow students to learn first-hand how the brain works, what techniques are used to study it and the most current lines of research in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the diseases that affect it.

“How does the brain work in a minority disease such as Rett syndrome?”, “First psychotic episode: what is it and how can we deal with it? Detection, prevention and intervention” or “Would you like to have a picture of your brain? What is neuroimaging?” are some examples of this year’s proposals. The whole offer can be consulted in the “Activities” section of the Escolab website, searching for “Brain Week”. The activities are free of charge, with limited places (each school can apply for a maximum of two).

 

How to register?

The registration period is from 21 February to 7 March. To formalise it, you need to enter the Escolab website and identify yourself if you already have a user profile or register if you don’t have one yet. In the activities section, you can filter by “Brain Week” and all the available activities will be listed (with the + icon in green; if the icon is shown in red, it means that they are no longer available). Just select the talk you are interested in and fill in the form to complete the booking. If you are interested in the activity, but there are no places left, you will find an option to join the waiting list.

 

Escolab Meets… the brain

Escolab invites you to enter the brain and the facilities of some of the research centres dedicated to studying it. Whether you are students or not, you can get to know some of these centres in a different way, from home, on the train, in class or wherever you are through the following videos from the Escolab Meets collection:

Joaquim Hernández and Judit Sánchez, from the Institute of Neurosciences of Barcelona (INc-UAB), explain the difficulty of treating diseases related to the brain or spinal cord, in particular spinal cord injuries.

Paula Ferrer and Marta Querol, from the Research Institute of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, study neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and show us the changes that occur in the brain in people with this disease.

And Laura López, from the Scientific and Technological Centres of the University of Barcelona (CCiTUB), studies the role of mitochondria in neurodegenerative diseases. She shows us how optical and electron microscopy allow us to magnify and study these structures in depth, and puts us to the test to debunk myths about the brain.

 

About Escolab

Escolab is a programme organised by Barcelona Science and Universities of the Barcelona City Council whose main objective is to bring educational centres closer to the country’s leading laboratories, institutes and research centres. Thanks to the fifteen-year history of this programme, more than 100 research centres and groups have welcomed more than 75,000 students between ESO, Baccalaureate and Vocational Training courses.