NIH News Release
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
National Institute of Mental Health

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Monday, March 12, 2001
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Constance Burr
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Exploring Your Brain
Dr. Eric Haseltine, an executive at Walt Disney Imagineering and a neuroscientist, will address college and high school students at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on March 14 at 7 p.m. Dr. Haseltine's talk, "The Fantastic Voyage: Let Neuroscience Take You on a Thrilling Expedition into Your Own Brain," is featured in a special program for students hosted by The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) at Natcher Auditorium on the NIH campus. The program highlights Brain Awareness Week, an annual event that informs the public about the importance of brain research.

Following Dr. Haseltine's presentation, NIH neuroscientists will discuss what brought them to research, neuroscience, and NIH. NIMH Director Dr. Steven Hyman will moderate the panel. The speakers aim to stimulate interest in research and show how science crosses disciplines and offers exceptional career opportunities. Students will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with these scientists about how their goals and passions can advance the frontiers of brain science.

More than 125 schools and college in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia have been notified about the program. Additional information is available at http://www.nimh.nih.gov/events/fantastic.cfm.

Brain Awareness Week is an international effort led by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, a nonprofit organization of more than 190 neuroscientists, including seven Nobel Laureates, who are committed to advance education about the public benefits of brain research. Five Institutes sponsor Brain Awareness Week activities: NIMH, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, The National Institute on Aging, The National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

NIMH is part of NIH, the Federal Government's primary agency for biomedical and behavioral research. NIH is a component of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information about NIMH and its research programs, visit the NIMH web site http://www.nimh.nih.gov.