Brain Awareness Week 2018

Every year the Dana Foundation (@dana_fdn) coordinates the Brain Awareness Week, BAW – a week long global awareness campaign for everything related to the brain. Here at Real Scientists we decided to bring in 3 curators with different backgrounds and scopes for BAW, all 3 related to the brain and neuroscience.

First up we have Timothy Verstynen (@tdverstynen), associate professor of cognitive neuroscience at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US. Timothy uses neuroimaging to study the architecture of the circuits in the brain that give rise to decision making and skill learning. Timothy also co-authored the book “Do zombies dream of undead sheep?“,  so I hope we get to hear about zombie brains this week!

On Wednesday, Alie Caldwell (@alie_astrocyte) will take over – Alie is a graduate research assistant at UCSD in California, US, and she studies how astrocyte-secreted proteins influence the growth and development of neurons in the brain. Alie also does a lot of work in science communication, and is the co-creator of Neuro Transmissions, a YouTube channel all about the brain.

Our last BAW curator is Shreejoy Tripathy (@neuronJoy ). Shreejoy is a post-doc at University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and is working on understanding how the electrical properties of neurons arise from the kinds of genes that are turned on and off in each cell. Shreejoy is also an advocate for open science and long-time neuroinformagical member of the INCF community.

We’ll post the usual introductory posts for each of the curators where you can read more about them and their science:

  • Timothy: Sunday March 11
  • Alie: Tuesday March 13
  • Shreejoy: Friday March 16

We hope that you will enjoy interacting with our BAW-curators!

/Helena, on behalf of the @RealSciMods



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