Press Release: Brain Awareness Week

7 Mar 2011

National Brain Awareness Week March 7-13 2011

 

Sunday March 6th 2011: People are urged to be aware of what it means to have a neurological condition on National Brain Awareness Week March 7th to 13th 2011. The annual event is organised by the Neurological Alliance of Ireland (NAI), the umbrella group for over 30 neurological charities. This year during Brain Awareness Week, the NAI is highlighting that Ireland is 'running out of time' to tackle the mounting crisis in our neurological care services and asks people across the country to support THINKING AHEAD, its national campaign for neurological care. Services for people with neurological conditions in Ireland lag far behind the rest of Europe. The number of people in Ireland developing neurological conditions set to increase dramatically from 700,000 at present to over 860,000 by 2021as our population ages.

 

Events include:

  • Monday March 7th: Launch of a drop in centre for people with neurological conditions by the Dublin Neurological Institute
  • Tuesday March 8th: A national conference on neurological care organised by the Neurological Alliance of Ireland featuring leading specialists in neurological care in Ireland
  • Thursday March 10th: 1st Neuroscience Symposium organised by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI Dublin)
  • Friday March 11th: A national exhibition on Memory in the Science Gallery Dublin with presentations and demonstrations open to the public
  • Look out for events nationwide organised by neurological charities locally

The NAI will launch an Action Plan for Neurological Care at its keynote conference on Tuesday March 8th 2011.

Press are invited to attend the launch at 11.30am in the Radisson Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8. Interviews and one to one briefings may be organised with leading medical spokespeople and persons and family members affected by neurological conditions.

Neurological conditions affect over 700,000 people in Ireland and include many common conditions such as stroke, migraine, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and acquired brain injury. Events are organised throughout the country to highlight the impact of living with a neurological condition.

For further information on the campaign, visit www.thinkingahead.ie

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