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Brain Awareness Week at MHS

12-17 March 2013

Head1MHS has teamed up with a group of researchers at the University’s new Wellcome Trust funded Oxford Institute for Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience to celebrate Brain Awareness Week, from 12th-17th March 2013. Expert neuroscientists will take over the galleries to present a series of activities, displays, talks and more, all on the subject of Sleep and the Brain.

A team of researchers will be in residence in the Museum’s Basement Gallery during opening hours on Tues 12th, Weds 13th, Sat 16th and Sun 17th March to present brain-related activities for all aged 6+. Visitors can experience research that is currently underway in a series of interactive experiments to see their own brain activity and investigate the links between sleep, health and diet.

Professor Russell Foster, expert in chronobiology – the study of the circadian rhythms that govern our waking and sleeping patterns, will give a public lecture on Thursday 14th March at 7pm explaining the role of light in regulating our bodies, and discussing the implications of today’s almost constant exposure to illumination.

An exhibition ‘Revealing the Brain‘ will open to coincide with Brain Awareness Week on 12 March. This small display presents episodes from the history of neuroscience in Oxford. Thomas Willis coined the term ‘neurology’ here in 1664, Sir Charles Sherrington won the Nobel Prize in 1932, and state of the art neuroscience research continues apace today.

All events are free of charge.