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March 28, 2006

Public Invited To Brain Awareness Week Discovery Fair, Lecture

Students and faculty in the University of Iowa Neuroscience Graduate Program will host two events in April to celebrate Brain Awareness Week, an annual public information campaign designed to focus public attention on the importance of brain research.

Brain Awareness Week -- -- a nationwide campaign established by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, was held March 13-19. In support of BAW, UI events will include a Brain Discovery Fair, a public lecture and research poster presentations featuring the work of faculty, staff and students in neuroscience.

The Brain Discovery Fair 2006 on Saturday, April 8, will feature interactive exhibits illustrating 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 the event.

At 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, Steven Small, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurology and psychology and co-director of the Brain Research Imaging Center at the University of Chicago, will deliver a public lecture titled, "Language and Motor Systems of the Human Brain: Interactions and Neurological Implications" in room 2117 of the Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility (MERF).

Small is an expert on the neurobiology of motor and language systems and their recovery after stroke. He received a doctoral degree in computer science from the University of Maryland in 1980 and a medical degree from the University of Rochester in 1987. Small conducted postdoctoral training in neurology at the University of Pittsburgh in 1991. He is a member of the American Neurological Association and sits on the governing boards of the Pittsburgh Chapter for the Society for Neuroscience, Academy of Aphasia, and Brain Network Recovery Group.

A poster session highlighting current UI neuroscience research will precede the lecture and will provide attendees an opportunity to discuss the latest research developments with UI neuroscientists. The posters will be on display from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the MERF atrium.

UI Brain Discovery 2006 events are sponsored by the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, and by the Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Pathology, Pharmacology and in the Carver College of Medicine, and the Department of Biological Sciences in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information about Brain Discovery 2006, contact David Driscoll at 319-339-7832 or

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Media: Jennifer Brown, 319-335-9917; Program: David Driscoll, 319-339-7832,