Brain Awareness Week 2015—March 16-22—is less than six months away and this year it’s a big one: BAW is celebrating its 20th anniversary! The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives organized the first Brain Awareness Week in 1996, beginning with 160 organizations in the United States. The goal was to connect groups from different sectors—academic, government, business, and advocacy—and unite them through their shared interest in the brain. The unifying theme was that brain research is the hope for treatments, preventions, and possibly cures for brain diseases and disorders and to ensure a better quality of life at all ages. Almost 20 years later, that theme has united 862 organizations across 59 countries and 44 U.S. states. We are looking for an even bigger celebration for Brain Awareness Week’s 20th birthday.
A potential future neuroscientist at the University of Miami, BAW 2014
March might seem far in the future, but BAW partners tell us again and again in their Partner Reports how important it is to plan early. Looking through these reports can also help you find other advice and ideas for your event planning.
Didn’t sleep well last night? Your immune system may be in overdrive today, starting or continuing a cascade of stressors that could spell ill for your body and brain.
“If you didn’t sleep, if you had a tired night, your IL-6 levels are higher today,” said Janice Kiecolt-Glaser of Ohio State University. IL-6 (Interleukin 6) triggers inflammatory and auto-immune processes that protect the body, but too much response has been linked to such diseases as diabetes, atherosclerosis, lupus, arthritis, and anxiety and depression.
Kiecolt-Glaser stepped through several studies and reviews of research on immune reactions to stress during the forum “Stressing About Stress–What Our Minds and Bodies are Going Through and Ways to Cope” at the American Academy for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) in Washington, DC, on Thursday.
Media coverage of Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, and other lesser known National Football League (NFL) players involved in domestic abuse cases have pushed the larger problem facing the game—chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)—to the back burner.
In a recent New York Times column, writer Michael Powell notes that barely anyone noticed “the John Abraham sideshow down in Phoenix.” Abraham, a 36-year-old veteran linebacker, suffered a concussion in the season’s first game. Afterward, ESPN reported that he had been struggling with memory loss for more than a year.