Brain Awareness Week

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Student Council of Medical Faculty Tuzla MEDICUS“

Organized by:
Student Council of Medical Faculty Tuzla MEDICUS“

Participating Organizations:
Medical Faculty Tuzla, University of Tuzla, University Clinical Center Tuzla, The DANA Foundation, Federation of European Neuroscience Societies, Federal Ministry of Education of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Government of Tuzla Canton, City of Tuzla, University Hotel Dorrah, Mitalex, OAZA, Red Bull, Vita

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

20

Year:

2018

Type of Events Held:

  • Conference/Forum
  • Exhibit
  • Lecture/ Briefing
  • Press Briefing
  • School Program
  • Symposium
  • Workshop

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)
  • General Public
  • High School students(9-12)
  • Middle school students(6-8)
  • Patients & Caregivers
  • Professionals
  • University students

Approximate Number of People Reached:

500 plus

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

- Opening Ceremony – first major activity of the project, which served as the ceremonial opening of the "Brain Week". Within the public opening ceremony, the plan and program of activities which took place within the week were presented; speeches of the organizers, partners, sponsors and officials were held as well. The activity was held at the Medical Faculty of the University of Tuzla. - Age Workshops - traditional TBW activity which was organized with the aim of promoting neuroscience, healthy habits and useful information about the nervous system, for all age groups, in a specially designed way. The plan and program of each workshop was designed by students. Workshops were be held in kindergartens, elementary schools, high schools, faculties, as well as the Home for Elderly in Tuzla. As in the previous year, workshops were held in the week before the Brain Week itself, so that the results of the workshops could be presented during the duration of the project. - Professional workshops - serve to link research and clinical application of knowledge and practice in areas that are related to the general theme of the project, and which are attractive but also practical for all subsequent engagements and student work. Workshops were held from the following areas: Neurophysiology - EEG, Neuroimaging, Neurophysiology - EMNG, Neurosurgery, Neurophysiology - EP, Endovascular procedures, Brain pathology, Biomedical engineering, etc. The number of participants per workshop was limited to 10 to 20 students, depending on the logistics and administration capacities of the workshops themselves. - Plenary lectures - lectures of prominent experts from the areas in which they operate, which were also related to the general topic of the project “Brain of the Future”. Lectures were based on the concept of the latest, proven and useful facts, which contributed to the advancement of science and which lean away from the traditional “lecture template” from books which are older than several decades. Lectures were held from the fields of neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, economies and biomedical engineering. - Scientific student session - a congress session where active students from different universities had the opportunity to submit, prepare and present their work; explain the scientific thesis and compete for different prizes. In addition to the provided awards for best work and presentation, the entire session was supervised and endorsed by the Medical Chamber of the Tuzla Canton, which served as an additional motivator for all the participants. -TBW quiz - competition among student, where different cases from the field of neuroscience were presented together with accompanying actors who have portrayed the signs and symptoms of the given patients´ diagnosis. All the actors have consulted with doctors and professors prior to the event itself, for maximum role efficiency. The goal of organizing this activity was to develop differential, clinical and scientific thinking while trying to find the most correct conclusion to the quiz question. - TBW talks - an activity which previously existed as "Science Café", got a new form since TBW 2017. The activity is based on the presentation of successful young professionals from areas covered by this years´ theme, with the aim of highlighting the role of an individual in the system of science and developing ideas.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

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

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Most successful were the social media and press releases. Social media because of its vast coverage and previously build-up community of those interested in neuroscience, thanks to the previous TBW projects. We have used that base on our social media to spread the message even further. On the other hand, to have a better outreach towards the general public, press releases and public appearances via TV, radio, newspaper, have proven quite useful.

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:

  • BAW Stickers
  • Q&A: Answering Your Questions About The Brain

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

  • Brain Briefs Fact Sheets
  • The Five Senses Coloring Sheets
  • Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research Fact Sheets

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

  • New Fact Sheets
  • New Lesson Plans

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

  • BAW Logos
  • BAW Web site banner
  • BAW Facebook Cover Photo
  • BAW LinkedIn Cover Photo
  • BAW Twitter Cover Photo

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

Thanks to the BAW participation, we have gained knowledge and provided information on the latest achievements in the field of neurology, psychiatry and related medical branches for all the 50 active project organizers, with a focus on current opportunities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Also, we have helped educate citizens of Tuzla and Tuzla Canton, as well as the whole of Bosnia and Herzegovina, on the causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of numerous neurological and mental disorders through media and public appearances.

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

Due to the bigger project growth, in terms of participants and activities, next year we will try to make a work-protocol which will clearly define and outline the roles of each needed team during the Tuzla Brain Week project. With this document, we hope to directly point out the goals and responsibilities of each team engaged in the project so that all the project organizers can call upon this document in their time of need.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

Yes

Was the information provided on Facebook useful?

Regular updates, aside the BAW period, might prove useful and attract more people into this global initiative.

Event Photos

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Contact Information

BAW Website:

https://www.facebook.com/TuzlaBrainWeek/

Contact Name:

Adnan Mujanović

Contact Phone:

00 387 62 90 77 67

Contact Email:

adnan.mujanovic5@gmail.com

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