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Neuro News – 3.16.21

March 16, 2021

Topic: Brain Awareness Week

UTSA researchers uncover evidence that COVID-19 virus could enter human brain

Jenny Hsieh, PhD, Mind Science Trustee and our March 23 speaker on “What the Future Holds for Brain Science,” spoke to KSAT 12 about Covid-19 and the brain, further detailed in two published papers. KSAT followed Dr. Hsieh, Director of UTSA’s Brain Health Consortium, and her research team in the lab as they used human stem cells to create organoids or tiny brains to determine if the virus that causes Covid-19 could enter the brain.

Brain Awareness Week: March 15 – 21

Brain Awareness Week is a global campaign to foster public enthusiasm and support for brain science. In 1996, the Dana Foundation organized the first Brain Awareness Week to bring together diverse groups with different interests from academia, government, and professional and advocacy organizations. The goal was to unite them with the common theme that brain research is the hope for treatments, preventions, and possible cures for brain diseases and disorders and to ensure a better quality of life at all ages. Click on the title for Brain Awareness Week suggested activities and a calendar of virtual events.

11 fun facts about your brain

How much does the human brain weigh? Is it true we only use 10% of our brain? At what age is our brain fully formed? We celebrate Brain Awareness Week with answers to these questions and more, courtesy of Northwestern Medicine.

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