BRAIN AWARENESS WEEK PROMOTES MENTAL HEALTH AND HEALTHY LIVING

BRAIN AWARENESS WEEK PROMOTES MENTAL HEALTH AND HEALTHY LIVING

A series of activities to highlight International Brain Awareness Week took place on all five UKZN campuses recently.

 

The programme was initiated by the College of Health Science's Neuroscience Research group under the auspices of Professor William Daniels and Dr Musa Mabandla of the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences.

 

On each campus, staff and students participated in a variety of fun-filled educational activities to raise awareness about the brain and different brain disorders.  The University community was encouraged to participate in various brain games (testing memory, attention and perception) and optical illusions and brain teasers.

 

The group also exhibited models of brain tissue, animations describing brain anatomy, a microscope station (brain tissue) and informative posters throughout the week.

 

Ms Sharon Coetzee and Ms Nosisa Dlomo, students in the College of Humanities, said they found the activities interesting and mentally stimulating.

 

Mr Khayelihle Makhathini, a Masters Medical Science student in Human Physiology and member of the College's Neuroscience Research group, said it was essential to publically emphasise the importance and functioning of the brain and to 'stay sharp', adding that physical activity protected neurons as a person aged.


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