Brain Awareness Week

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First Pavlov State Medical University

Organized by:
First Pavlov State Medical University

Participating Organizations:
Pavlov Institute of Physiology of Russian Academy of Science; Institute of Human Brain of Russian Academy of Science

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

6 lecture days; 4 workshops; 1 museum exhibition; 1 movie evening; 1 city race/quest

Year:

2019

Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit
  • Lecture/ Briefing
  • Other
  • School Program
  • Workshop
  • Other: movie evening; city race/quest

Target Audiences:

  • General Public
  • High School students(9-12)
  • Patients & Caregivers
  • Professionals
  • University students

Approximate Number of People Reached:

ca. 600 listeners; 120-230 daily

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

The events during BAW'19 explored the connection between brain and motion. The series of lectures and workshops throughout the week provided present-day knowledge on numerous topics from movements of an embryo to the motion disorders that develop with age. The highest evaluation from the audience got workshops, especially, workshop “Movement disorders in children” for specialists. caregivers and parents with topics “Neuromuscular diseases in children and adolescents”, “Movements study in embryo”, “Ticks and stuttering in children”, and “Movement disorders in children with autism”; as well as workshop “Cutting-edge data on Parkinson disease” for students, specialists, caregivers, and patients consisted of “Parkinson's disease: clinical portrait, and new diagnostic criteria”, “200-year path: from aetiology to treatment”, “Intestine in pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease”, “Olfactory dysfunction in diagnosis of Parkinson's disease”, and “Therapy of genetically determined forms of Parkinson's disease". Workshop “Brain/motion assistive technologies” for students, specialists, and general public was preceded by opening of exhibition “Assistive technologies: the past and future”. Then cutting-edge technologies were presented in workshop with topics “Restoration of brain function using neurocomputer interfaces”, “Interfaces brain-computer for motor rehabilitation”, “Walking in exoskeleton for patients with chronic lesions of spinal cord" et cetera. BAW "Brain in Motion" main aim to show the value of movements, to give up-to-date knowledge of how movement is organised in the brain, how disorders occur and how can be treated, to promote science as a basement of assistive technologies in movement disorders – has been achieved.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Calendar Listings (newspapers, radio, television)
  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Press Release/Media Advisory
  • Website
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Most successful were newspaper and web-site of Pavlov Medical University because of popularity within students and professionals; posters that were distributed within Universities; web-site of BAW in Saint Petersburg, and social media where we in advance informed visitors about the content of events and about scientists that participated as lecturers and speakers.

Resources

Of the Dana Foundation publications/resources distributed at your event(s), if any, please indicate the three most popular. Please choose up to three. If "other," please indicate below:

  • Other

Other Dana Foundation Materials Distributed:

  • For "University Saturday for school children” we printed postcards where Dana/BAW logos were presented. The postcards contained useful tips on lecture topics.

What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?

  • BAW Certificate of Participation

What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?

  • New Fact Sheets
  • Activities/Experiments

Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?

  • BAW Logos
  • BAW Poster
  • BAW Web site banner

Feedback & Keys to Success

How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?

This year the events of BAW were attended by undergraduate students (44%) as well as advanced specialists (46%). About 250 school students (9-12) visited lectures in Pavlov Medical University within “University Saturday for school children”. After that we received many letters from schools to repeat the event next year. From feedback lists of audience we've got a lot of warm messages with thanks for possibility to know a lot of new brain facts, get useful knowledge and data on science progress.

Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:

To do all events most interactive.

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Contact Information

BAW Website:

http://brainweekspb.org

Contact Name:

Irina Sukhotina

Contact Phone:

+7 921 6558819

Contact Email:

irina.sukhotina@gmail.com

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