Brain Awareness Week

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Research Institute for Medicines (iMed.ULisboa), Faculty of Pharmacy, Universidade de Lisboa

Organized by:
Research Institute for Medicines (iMed.ULisboa), Faculty of Pharmacy, Universidade de Lisboa

Participating Organizations:
Estrela Parish Council (Lisbon, Portugal)Alzheimer PortugalAssociação Portuguesa de doentes de Parkinson

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

7

Year:

2019

Type of Events Held:

  • Conference/Forum
  • Lecture/ Briefing
  • School Program
  • Symposium

Target Audiences:

  • General Public
  • High School students(9-12)
  • Middle school students(6-8)
  • Patients & Caregivers

Approximate Number of People Reached:

450

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

1. Neurological Diseases and Aging: Research, Treatments and Social Support We organized an event on Estrela Parish Council (Lisbon, Portugal). For that we invited representatives from Portuguese Patient Associations: Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The auditorium was totally full! The public were mainly aged persons from the Estrela Community, who were very interested in this subject, and certainly will disseminate the messages learned. Posters, brain and neuron models and preserved brains were available for those who wanted to learn more. 2. Scientists go to schools We visited different high schools in the Lisbon area, and interacted with students from educational level 3 to 4. In schools, the investigators performed oral presentations in parallel with audio/visual projections: . Components of the human brain . Mechanisms involved in neuronal protection and how we can contribute to neuronal well-being and healthy aging.. We also visited children form educational level 1: activity “Brain and the senses” through a guided “brain anatomy tour” using models of human brain and neurons and brain games. Overall 5 researchers were involved, together with representatives from the Patient’s Associations and Estrela Parish Council staff, and 450 was the estimated audience reached, where about 370 were students (kindergarten and high school).

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Advertisements
  • Emails
  • Mailings
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Website
  • Social Media

Other Publicity Methods:

Phone calls

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Flyers, phone calls and websites (FB) for more aged people Website (Cienciaviva.pt) for schools (teachers)

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:

  • none

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

  • The Five Senses Coloring Sheets

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

  • New Puzzles/Games
  • New Coloring Sheets

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

  • BAW Flyer
  • BAW Logos
  • BAW Web site banner

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

The auditorium of Estrela Parish Council was totally full! The public were mainly aged persons from the Estrela Community, who were very interested in this subject, and certainly will disseminate the messages learned. We directly reached about 80 persons, and indirectly many more of their relatives and friends. Students also learned facts about the brain that will help them to understand how to improve brain function and brain health

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

Activities fore caregivers are extremely successful and important in each community

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

Yes

Was the information provided on Facebook useful?

Yes.

Contact Information

BAW Website:

http://imed.ulisboa.pt/news/aging-diseases-and-informal-caregivers-by-imed-ulisboa-and-jf-estrela/

Contact Name:

Margarida Castro-Caldas

Contact Phone:

00351 217946496

Contact Email:

mcastrocaldas@ff.ulisboa.pt

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