Free Brain Health Seminar and Workshop at Samuel Merritt University

Samuel Merritt University

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Free Brain Health Seminar and Workshop at Samuel Merritt University

(Oakland, CA) - Samuel Merritt University will be hosting its Second Annual Brain Health Seminar, "Get to Know Your Brain."  The free expo is open to the public on Saturday, April 14, beginning at 10 a.m. The seminar will take place on the University campus, in the Health Education Center located at 400 Hawthorne Ave. in Oakland.

The free seminar is designed to impart and convey ways to keep one's brain healthy through diet, exercise and stress management. Speakers, exhibits and hands-on activities will provide unique opportunities to educate visitors about the importance of the brain as a complex organ. The Brain Health expo will include guest speakers providing tips on topics such as stress management techniques, brain injury prevention, tips on maintain your memory, and the impact of drugs and alcohol. Guests will also be able to view and examine real specimens of the brain and spinal cord in a separate gross anatomy station.

The Brain Health Seminar at Samuel Merritt University has been developed by Barb Puder, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Basic Sciences, to increase public awareness about the brain and brain function in order to promote brain health and safety.

"This is fun and age appropriate way to offer adults and students a chance to learn life skills outside of the classroom," says Dr. Puder. "By increasing their awareness about the brain, students, teachers and community members may prevent unnecessary brain damage and injury and incorporate behaviors which promote brain health into their lifestyle."

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WHEN: Saturday, April 14 Expo is from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
WHERE: Health Education Center - 400 Hawthorne Ave. Oakland, 94609
WHAT: View and examine real specimens of the brain and spinal cord, discussion boards, etc.
WHO: Healthcare experts will provide tips on ways to keep the brain healthy


Samuel Merritt University, located in Oakland, California, has been educating health science practitioners who are committed to making a positive difference in diverse communities since 1909.  Nearly 1,400 students are enrolled at SMU, with campuses in Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Mateo.  The University offers an undergraduate degree in nursing; master's degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, and physician assistant; and doctoral degrees in nursing, physical therapy and podiatric medicine.  For more information visit

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