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Roanoke takes a lead role in Brain Awareness Week

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The brain is a complex organ that scientists at V.T.C. Research Institute are working together to understand.

Dr. Michael Friedlander, Executive Director of VTCRI says, "How do those bits of information get put together in a meaningful way that we can make sense of the world around us?"

Dr. Pearl Chiu works closely with people in the community for her brain research and explains, "We can't do our research without community particIpants."

You may have noticed this sign on the side of the VTCRI building focusing on Brain Awareness Week.

Dr. Friedlander says, "Our first premise is everybody has a brain, so we think everybody should be interested in the brain. It is probably our most the most precious resource that we all have."

There are many events planned for next week including :

*Food for Thought

*Mythbusters

*The Role of Exercise and Diet

Dr. Michael Fox does a lot of his brain research in a lab at VTCRI and says, "Everybody comes to the table with a different knowledge of it."

Fast Brain Facts:

It weighs about 2 pounds

Uses 20% of the blood from the heart to function

Has enough energy to power a 20 watt light bulb

Dr. Friedlander adds, "It also can do the incredible things brains do coordinate our movements the ability to dance since write how we interact with other people."

Link to more about Brain Awareness Week and how you can get involved with VTCRI activities next week.

 

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