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Brain Awareness Day in Nuwara Eliya

Brain Awareness Day, a national campaign dedicated to advancing public awareness about the brain, its diseases, prevention and research will be held on January 12, 2016 at Gamini National School, in Nuwara Eliya. The campaign is organised to increase awareness on how to keep the brain young and healthy.

The target audience will constitute students, teachers, healthcare workers, and the public.

Over 300 participants are expected to attend the event, which will also include interactive sessions on the functioning of the brain in health and disease.

Resource personnel from overseas include Professor Ann. C. Kato, Professor of Neuroscience, University of Geneva, Switzerland and Professor Gabor Kato, Chief Executive Officer of NEUROTECH SA, Switzerland.

A World Bank in-depth study records Sri Lanka as having the fastest ageing population in South Asia, while the World Health Organisation ranks Sri Lanka as the thrd country with the most suicidal rates (28.8%) in the world (2012). Additionally, Sri Lanka's increasing alcohol consumption has resulted in adverse neurological defects in the population, while the 30-year civil war and the 2004 tsunami have also created long term psychological and mental disrupts increasing many neurological disorders.

The Brain Awareness Day and advocacy events stems from the World Bank and WHO statistics and the ground reality and was conceived by a Research Team of Genetic & Research Laboratory, Dept of Anatomy, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura; along with the World Class University Project, University of Sri Jayewardenepura. The Campaign is being held under the guidance of Prof. Ranil de Silva, Director of the World Class University Project, University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

The program has received strong support from Director of Health Services and Zonal Director of Education - Nuwara Eliya and from the Lions Club and local banks

The first 'Brain Awareness Day' in Sri Lanka took place in November 2009 and was organised by Prof. de Silva in collaboration with Prof. Ann and Gabor Kato from Geneva, Switzerland.

Similar programs were also held at the University of Jaffna, Faculty of Medicine and Boy's High School in January 2011.

Details of the workshop could be obtained from Professor Ranil de Silva Email: [email protected]. or telephone - 011-2758697/0112758704

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