Today marks the start of Brain and Brain Injury Awareness week, an event to alert people to the exciting developments in the world of neuroscience and pass on some potentially life saving information.
Brain Awareness Week is an international event, so there may be events near you.
A great deal of our knowledge of how the brain works has been worked out from studying people who have suffered brain damage. This field of research is known as cognitive neuropsychology, and is greatly indebted to people who generously give their time, often after suffering disabling injuries.
In the UK, an estimated 1 million people in Britain attend hospital each year as a result of a head injury, and the figures for other parts of the world can be equally as high.
People or their families who suffer the effects often rely on charities for ongoing support and rehabilitation. So if you feel like making a difference, this week would be perfect to choose a favourite brain charity to donate to.
Although you could also help out by printing out leaflets or information, or perhaps passing on a link to a brain injury website to someone you know.
It’s a great way of saying thankyou to people who have volunteered their time after brain injury, and the information may even save someone’s life.