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Brain Awareness Week at Imperial College - Tuesday 13 March 2001

1 March 2001

As part of the annual Brain Awareness Week, scientists from the Division of Neuroscience and Psychological Medicine at Imperial College School of Medicine will give talks illustrating the many ways in which the brain is being explored and how these studies are being used to treat the damaged brain.

Journalists are invited to attend the Brain Awareness Week event at Imperial College School of Medicine at Charing Cross Hospital, on Tuesday 13 March.

This will be an ideal opportunity to hear how Imperial College scientists working on the anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, molecular biology, and molecular genetics of the brain are increasingly combining their efforts to gain a clearer understanding of how the brain works.

Eight researchers at the cutting edges of brain research will deliver stimulating half-hour lectures containing video clips, slides and demonstrations, in some cases involving members of the audience.

Speakers from across the College and from other institutes include:

  • Professor John Gruzelier, Professor of Psychology, Imperial College, will discuss the reality of mind over matter in his talk on brain wave control
  • Professor Russell Foster, Professor of Molecular Neuroscience, Imperial College, on biological clocks - why we are slaves to the rhythm
  • Dr Andrew Montgomery, MRC Clinical Sciences Centre at Imperial College, on imaging neurotransmitter levels in the living human brain using video games
  • Professor Manuel Graeber, Professor of Neuropathology, Imperial College on degenerative brain diseases and the inbuilt death programme of nerve cells
  • Dr Derk-Jan Dijk, University of Surrey, on the how and why of our sleep

The full programme, list of the supporting posters and links to Speakers home pages is available online at:

Russell Foster, Professor of Molecular Neuroscience and Chair of the Department of Integrative and Molecular Neuroscience at Imperial College School of Medicine said: "A multidisciplinary approach to brain research has led to unprecedented advances in our understanding of this most remarkable and complex of organs. For example now we are beginning to understand how changes in the activity of specific genes can alter brain function, and ultimately change our behaviour.

"Our day of talks during Brain Awareness Week will illustrate the varied ways in which the brain is being explored and how these studies are being used to treat the damaged brain"

These talks are aimed at A-level students from schools in and around the London and South East regions, and are also open to journalists, members of the public, and students from across the College.

There will also be a number of demonstrations and activities taking place on the concourse area outside the Drew lecture theatre, both during lunch (12:00 - 1:00pm) and following the last afternoon lectures, after 15:00pm. This will include a demonstration of Prof John Gruzeliers Feedback research, and Prof Manuel Graebers display of human brain models.

This will also be an ideal opportunity to meet and have informal discussions with staff and current students in the division of Neuroscience and Psychological Medicine.

For further information contact:

Tom Miller
Imperial College Press Office
Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 6704
Mob: +44 (0)7803 886248
Fax: +44 (0)20 7594 6700


LOCATION: The strong> The Drew Lecture Theatre and Concourse, the Reynolds Building, Imperial College School of Medicine, St Dunstans Road, London W6 8RP.

The Reynolds Building is next to Charing Cross Hospital, Fulham Palace Road, London, W6 8RF.

Nearest tubes are Hammersmith and Barons Court.

TIME: 10am to 5pm, Tuesday 13 March 2000

Please confirm your interest with Tom Miller, details above.

Notes to Editors

1. The full programme and further information about the speakers is available online at: - or you can request it from Tom Miller, as above.

2. Brain Awareness Week takes place in March each year and is an international programme of events designed to advance public awareness of the importance and the progress in brain research. It is co-ordinated by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives in the USA and the European Dana Alliance for the Brain, both non-profit organisations with a mission to promote brain research. Hospitals, universities, schools, museums and even the arts organise hundreds of activities around the world: open days, talks, art and drama, exhibitions, all on the theme of the brain and the mind. Web site at:

3. Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine is an independent constituent part of the University of London. Founded in 1907, the College teaches a full range of science, engineering, medical and management disciplines at the highest level. The College is the largest applied science and technology university institution in the UK, with one of the largest annual turnovers (UKP330 million in 1998-99) and research incomes (UKP173 million in 1998-99). Web site at