Brain Awareness Week
Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is a nationwide effort organized by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and the Society for Neuroscience to promote the public and personal benefits of brain research. Molecule of the Month, now in its 20th year, offers resources to get started.
The brain orchestrates everything we do, sending signals through the nervous system to control different parts of our body. The brain is also the home of our thoughts and consciousness, as neurons process the input from our senses and store what they find as memories. Many drugs are available to help tune the function of the brain and nervous system when there are problems. Unfortunately, the effects of some drugs are hard to control and can lead to abuse and addiction. Explore PDB-101 Resources to learn about proteins related to our nervous system and mental health.
The theme for the 2020 Video Challenge for High School Students is Molecular Mechanisms of Opioid Action. Entries can be submitted until April 28, 11:59 pm PST. Award winners will be announced on May 19.