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REF NO.: 185

SUBJECT: Brain Awareness Week activities hosted by Memorial University

DATE: March 16

Memorial University is helping to celebrate Brain Awareness Week, March 15-21, with two events for high school students. Organized by the local chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, this yearís Brain Storm Competition will be held at Holy Heart High School on Bonaventure Avenue, St. Johnís, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 18th. Several celebrity guests including Deborah Fry, deputy minister of health, and Pamela Anstey, Epilepsy Newfoundland and Labrador, will help pose questions in the quiz. Brian Fox, regional director, Provincial Health Care Relations, Atlantic Canada, Janssen-Ortho, will speak to the students and ask questions as well. Janssen-Ortho is the major sponsor of the event. More than 20 students from four local schools are already confirmed to compete. Two neuroscience researchers from the Faculty of Medicine will act as judges. The top three students will receive cash prizes and there will also be participation awards for all of the students.

This year also marks the second annual Brain Art Competition, open to all high school students in the province. Students were asked to recreate the brain in any context Ė for example, a brain sleeping or composing a great symphony, a brain on drugs or a brain of the future. Entries were to be anatomically correct or abstract and were limited to two-dimensional hand-drawn art. Submissions had to be received by 5 p.m. Thursday, March 11, and judging was carried out by a panel of artists and scientists including well known local artist Barbara Pratt, neuroscience graduate student and artist Budd Tucker, physician and artist Dr. Christopher Kovacs, and psychologist and art collector Dr. Gerry Mugford. First, second and third cash prizes will be awarded at the ceremony immediately following the Brain Storm Competition on Thursday, March 18th. All Brain Art submissions will be available for viewing at the Brain Storm Competition. All entries will receive written comments, a certificate of merit and will remain on exhibit in the Health Sciences Centre.

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