Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) and Grupo GliaNews (GN)

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Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) and Grupo GliaNews (GN)

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Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit

Target Audiences:

  • High School students(9-12)

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

A short lecture punctuating the most studied glial types and their main characteristics was performed. The glia is presented using high-resolution images obtained by the immunofluorescence technique in tissue and cell culture. Short videos (50 seconds) containing 3D digital animations made by international institutions, 3D reconstruction images obtained by confocal microscopy and time-lapsing microscopy are displayed as an example to observe glia in vitro and in vivo. Also featured aspects of the involvement of glia with neurodegenerative diseases and mental disorders. Using a questionnaire to assess the exhibition activity it was found that the vast majority had not heard speaking in glia (88.38% of 110 young people) and have shown greater interest in microglia (29.8%) and the NG2 cells (23.8%). At the exit of the exhibition activity, mini-stands were displayed where the students have the opportunity to manipulate materials routinely used in research laboratories as pipettes, glassware and stained slides. Medium and large equipment images were presented in a notebook. During this activity there was opportunity to clarify the students’ doubts on the subject and to discuss about the daily life of a researcher, what motivated students to formulate many questions. At the same time carrying out these activities the GliaNews group invited the students to visit of visits to the project site (www.glianews.com) and page on the social network (www.facebook.com/GNGliaNews? fref = ts)

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Other

Other Publicity Methods:

By the teachers of the schools talking to students about the exhibits.


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 other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?

  • Lesson Plans

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

  • BAW Logos
  • BAW Poster

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

We observed that young people have shown a great interest in the glial cells of the central nervous system, and extrapolated the information transmitted to other areas of knowledge, asking why exexplo on glia and memory, AVE, even on jobs as scientists. Thus, we show a hidden side of the brain for young people and increase their curiosity about the brain, which obsevamos by increasing the number of our site visitors.

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