Samuel Merritt University (SMU) hosted a Brain Health Expo —“Get to Know Your Brain!” — on Saturday, March 16. The event was free and open to the public, with hands-on activities and lectures about the many facets of the human body’s most complex organ.
The event at the Health Education Center featured informative talks by guest speakers: “Preventing Traumatic Brain Injury” by Dr. Michael DeRosa, chair of the Physician Assistant Program; “Ways to Help Your Brain Remember,” by Occupational Therapy Professor Dr. Guy McCormack; and “Stress Effects and Practical Stress Reduction” by Dr. Frank Staggers Jr., medical director of the Berkeley Addiction Treatment Center.
During the daylong event, attendees visited an “Inside the Brain” lab, where they viewed and touched a real human brain and spinal cord. The Bechtel Room was filled with other hands-on exhibits and informational displays about subjects including brain protection, Parkinson’s disease and sleeping positions. Students presented their work and discussed their findings with visitors.
left: Occupational Therapy students and their interactive display
right: Dr. Barbara Puder presents "Your Amazing Brain"