UW News

March 1, 2007

Brain Awareness Open House highlights March events

Brain Awareness Open House, March 6

The UW is hosting a Brain Awareness Open House, Tuesday, March 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the UW South Campus Center. The open house will include an interactive activities about the brain and hands-on exhibits that highlight different aspects of brain research. Brain Awareness Week is a nationwide effort organized by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and the Society for Neurosciences to promote the public and personal benefits of brain research. Contact Eric Chudler, UWEB Education and Outreach, at 206-616-6899 or chudler@u.washington.edu.  Or, visit the UW BAW Web page at http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/baw.html

More upcoming events of interest:

Poverty and Obesity Conference, March. 2

The UW Exploratory Center for Obesity Research will hold a one-day conference on Poverty and Obesity: Disparities in Diet and Health Friday, March 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the South Campus Center. The conference will feature researchers, economists, funders, and policymakers who will address the relationship between poverty and economic and physical access to health foods, a major public health concern. For more information, contact Laura Streichert, director of center operations, ECOR, at lstreich@u.washington.edu or 206-221-4696.

Anesthesia Bonica Lecture, March 6

Sean Mackey, associate director of the Pain Management Division, Stanford University Medical Center, presents the 25th Annual Bonica Visiting Professor lecture, Changing Pain in the Brain, Tuesday, March 6, at 5 p.m., T-625, Health Sciences Center. A reception will follow. The event is presented by the UW Department of Anesthesiology. For more information, contact Julie Baker at 206-543-6450 or bakerjav@u.washington.edu.

UW Medicine Mini-Medical School, March 6

Who’s Protecting Public Health? is the topic of the next Mini-Medical School lecture Tuesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. Speakers will include Jeffrey Duchin, UW associate professor of medicine and chief of communicable disease control, epidemiology and immunization for Public Health Seattle & King County; William Robertson, professor of pediatrics; and Sherilyn Smith, associate professor of pediatrics. Call 206-685-9420 or visit http://www.uwmedicine.org/Global/NewsAndEvents/minimed/index.htm for more information.

Medical Lecture at the Seattle Public Library, March 7

David Cummings, associate professor of medicine, will present Ghrelin: The Hunger Hormone, at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 7. The lecture is part of the medical lecture series sponsored by UW Medicine and the Seattle Public Library. Ghrelin, a recently discovered appetite-stimulating hormone produced primarily by the stomach, is implicated in the short-term control of meal-time hunger, as well as in the long-term regulation of body weight. For more information, call 206-386-4636 or visit www.spl.org 

Salute Harborview Gala, March 17

The 15th annual Salute Harborview Gala will be Saturday, March 17, at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel & Towers in downtown Seattle. Tickets to the black-tie-optional event are $350 per person. Proceeds from the gala support Harborview’s Mission of Caring Fund. Highlights of the evening include a limited live auction, dinner, and dancing to music by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Frankie Vallie and The Four Seasons. For more information, visit www.harborview.org or contact Lisa Groeschell at 206-543-8595 or lgroesch@u.washington.edu.