April 20, 2018

Brains On Display At Bay View


East Providence, RI - Victoria Heimer-McGinn, (Pawtucket, RI), Brown University Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroscience, co-chair of Brain Week Rhode Island, and also a Bay View mom, brought her traveling presentation on the human brain to Bay View Academy in March. She even brought the brains!

Dr. Heimer-McGinn joined Dr. John Stein (Providence, RI), Brown University Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience, in his efforts to present on the subject of brain science to school-aged children. Bay View students from Pre-K through grade 12 had the opportunity to visit six different hands-on stations, including the preserved human brain experience, a memory station, a brain injury table, a sensory experience station, a mental health table, and an electrophysiology experiment station where students could hear what real neurons sound like when they fire action potentials.

Dr. Heimer-McGinn says that with the underrepresentation of women neuroscientists and neurologists, she hopes the students at Bay View, an all-girls school, will be inspired and confident that they too can become brain scientists.

Dr. Heimer-McGinn and Dr. Stein were joined by the following presenters:

Neha Raukar, MD (Center for Sports Medicine, also a Bay View mom)
Tara Jacobson, PhD (Brown University, Postdoctoral Associate in Neuroscience)
Manuel Gomez-Ramirez, PhD (Brown University, Postdoctoral Associate in Neuroscience)
Hakon Heimer, MS (CEO of Cure Alliance for Mental Illness and co-chair of Brain Week RI)


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