Brain Awareness Week

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Kampala International University, Uganda

Organized by:
Kampala International University, Uganda

Participating Organizations:

None

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

Lecture and exhibitions

Year:

2021

Type of Events Held:

  • Brain Bee
  • Brain Fair
  • Conference/Forum
  • Exhibit
  • Lecture/Briefing
  • Online/Virtual
  • Press Briefing
  • School Program
  • Social Media Campaign

Target Audiences:

  • Professionals
  • University students

Approximate Number of People Reached:

200

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

The objective of this event was to create awareness on how the brain functions in addiction and depression, and how these events can lead to stroke in a post Covid19 era. Health professionals were invited to be the guest speakers and they engaged the students and staff of Kampala International University on these topics. The symposium had both physical and virtual attendees. An exhibitions segment was held to showcase cadaver brain models and the students were enthusiastic to have a feel of what the human brain looks like. There was also a quiz segment to test students understanding of the topics and light refreshments were served. The event was a success as the objective was achieved.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Press Release/Media Advisory
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Social media was the most successful publicity method because the students have a social media group which they use for online studies during the Covid19 lockdown. Those who could not make it to the venue of the event physically, opted to join the event on zoom.

Resources

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

  • Certificate of Participation
  • Puzzles: Grades 9-12
  • Adults' Fact Sheets
  • Lesson Plans Grades 9-12
  • Truth or Myth Flash Cards

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

  • Activities/Experiments
  • New Puzzles/Games

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

  • Brain Awareness Week Logos
  • Brain Awareness Week Facebook Cover Image

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

The students and staffs have become more aware of the need to care for the brain. They now know how to test for depression and how to cope with depression. They have knowledge of how addiction affects the brain. Also, they know how all these events can lead to stroke.

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

I suggest the Dana foundation provides a link for a virtual lab tour which can be used during the awareness week to showcase current trends in brain research and the need for students to be brain researchers in future.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

Yes

Was the information provided on Facebook useful?

Information provided was helpful

Event Photos

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Kampala International University neuroscience forum

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Participants during lecture on Depression and Addiction

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Exhibition segment

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The cadaver brain model used for the exhibition segment

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Some of the participants

Contact Information

BAW Website:

https://kiu.ac.ug/news-page.php?i=kiu-neuroscience-forum-awareness-program-on-the-human-brain-set-for-march-17

Contact Name:

Victor Archibong

Contact Phone:

+256757596259

Contact Email:

Victorarchibong3@gmail.com

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