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REF NO.: 239

SUBJECT: Memorial helps celebrates Brain Awareness Week

DATE: March 21,2006

Memorial University is joining in the international celebrations for Brain Awareness Week 2006, which started Monday, March 13.
            The local chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine, is sponsoring Brain Storm 2006 on Thursday, March 23, from 1-3 p.m. in the resource room at Holy Heart High School on Bonaventure Ave., St. John's. A brief awards ceremony and reception will take place after the competition; cash prizes and gifts will be presented.
            The Brain Storm Competition is a live question-and-answer competition that tests high school students' knowledge of the brain and nervous system.
            "Our best young brains will be quizzed about the brain and how it relates to intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, aging, sleep and brain disorders," said Dr. John McLean, a neuroscientist in the Faculty of Medicine.
            Questions will be based on information found in the new publication Brain Facts: A Primer on the Brain and Nervous System. The edition can be downloaded at http://web.sfn.org/content/Publ/ications/BrainFactsindex.html.
            Further information about Brain Awareness Week is available at www.sfn.org/baw.

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For further information, please contact Dr. John McLean, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University at (709) 777-6396 or mclean@mun.ca; or Pam Anstey, Epilepsy Newfoundland & Labrador at (709) 722-0502 info@epilepsynl.com.

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