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March 10, 2004

UI Marks Brain Awareness Week With Brain Discovery Fair And Public Lecture

The public is invited to attend a series of events organized by students and faculty of the University of Iowa Neuroscience Graduate Program in celebration of Brain Awareness Week (March 15 -21).

Hanna Damasio, M.D., University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor of Neurology, will deliver a public lecture titled "Some Advances in the Understanding of Brain and Language" at 4 p.m. Monday, March 22 in auditorium 3 of the Bowen Science Building (BSB).

Damasio received her medical degree from University of Lisbon Medical School, Portugal, and she joined the UI faculty in 1977. She is director of the Human Neuroanatomy and Neuroimaging Laboratory. Her research focuses on brain imaging and lesion studies aimed at understanding and defining the neuroanatomical substrates of language, memory and decision-making.

Following Damasio's keynote lecture, posters highlighting current UI neuroscience research will be on display in the lobby adjacent to auditorium 3 BSB. The poster session will run from 5 to 6 p.m. and will provide attendees an opportunity to discuss the latest research developments with UI neuroscientists.

On Saturday, March 27, members of the public are invited to the Brain Discovery 2004 Fair. Featuring interactive exhibits that illustrate the workings and importance of the brain, the fair is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the UI Theatre Building. Graduate students affiliated with the UI Neuroscience program will staff this event.

Brain Discovery 2004 is sponsored by many departments affiliated with the UI including the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program, the Departments of Internal Medicine, Pharmacology, Anatomy and Cell Biology in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, the Department of Biological Sciences, and the office of the Associate Provost for the Health Sciences.

For more information about Brain Discovery 2004, contact Scott Schachtele at or 319-384-4470

The Brain Awareness Week campaign, launched in 1996, has united the Society for Neuroscience with the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and a coalition of over 1,200 science, advocacy and other health organizations that share an interest in elevating public awareness of brain and nervous system research. For more information on Brain Awareness Week, visit the Web site

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5141 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACT: Program: Scott Schachtele, 319-384-4470,; Media Only: Jennifer Brown, 319-335-9917,