2013 Brain Awareness Week

It’s all in your head. Everything you need to imagine, to ponder, to remember, to invent. The Virginia Tech community will be celebrating that notable three-pound contraption – the human brain – during Brain Awareness Week.

The official, international commemoration of Brain Awareness Week takes place from March 13 through March 19. As a part of Brain Awareness Week, the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute will host four lectures on the only organ to name itself.

Food for Thought: Chefs Celebrate Brain Awareness Week

Event was held March 11, 2013 at restaurants and specialty stores

Mythbusters: The Truth about Your Brain

Event was held March 11, 2013 at Science Museum of Western Virginia

Audra Van Wart, PhD

Director of Education and Training, VIrginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Brain School: The Stuff of Brains and How They Process Information

Event was held March 11, 2013 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Michael Fox, PhD, Associate Professor, and Rosalyn Moran, PhD, Assistant Professor

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Brain School: How Brains Make Sense of the World

Event was held March 12, 2013 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Michael Friedlander, PhD, Executive Director, and Jamie Tyler, PhD, Assistant Professor

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Brain Power: The Role of Exercise and Diet in Maintaining Healthy Synapses

Event was held March 13, 2013 at Jefferson College of Health Sciences

Gregorio Valdez, PhD

Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Brain School: When Brains Do Things We Would Rather They Didn’t

Event was held March 13, 2013 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Warren Bickel, PhD, Director of the Addiction Recovery Research Center; and Pearl Chiu, PhD, Assistant Professor

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Willpower and Addiction

Event was held March 13, 2013 at locations throughout the Roanoke Region

Warren Bickel, PhD

Director, Addiction Recovery Research Center, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Brain School: How Brains Grow and Age

Event was held March 14, 2013 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Sharon Ramey, PhD, Professor and Distinguished Research Scholar, Michael Friedlander, PhD, Executive Director; and Gregorio Valdez, Assistant Professor

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Reading Your Mind: How to Decode the Brain Mid-Thought

Event was held March 21, 2013 at Inn at Virginia Tech

Stephen LaConte, PhD

Assistant Professor, VTC Research Institute