Faculty researchers recently took part in Brain Attack, an innovative public engagement event that formed a part of Science Stroke Art 2014. As part of May’s Action on Stroke Month, Science Stroke Art brought together the Stroke Association and The University of Manchester to raise awareness of stroke. The programme of events included talks, theatre, storytelling, and science and art demonstrations.
Alongside colleagues from across the University, Professor Stuart Allan presented a series of table-top activities to explain how stroke occurs and the effects it has on the brain. Professor Allan also performed guided dissections of the sheep brain on the Museum of Science and Industry’s new Platform for Investigation.
Brain Attack attracted hundreds of participants, of all ages. Professor Allan said:
“The highlights were the Cub Packs and Girl Guide groups, for whom impromptu brain dissections were run. All in all Brain Attack was a most successful and enjoyable day and we plan to build upon its success with future public engagement initiatives.”