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Armenia and young Armenians have been engaged in the Brain Awareness Week initiative of the European Federation of Neurological Societies (EFNS) for the past two years. The Student Academic Society of Yerevan State Medical University has planned several events to be held throughout the weeklong events launched on March 12. The first lecture was by Professor Zaruhi Karabekian from Georgetown University.
“Doctors should always be in the field of science. In foreign countries, there is even a demand that if you are a practicing doctor, you must also be involved in science. This is not the case in Armenia, and it’s definitely not good. Today, I must emphasize once again that young doctors or students must be involved in science and also carry out their activities in that field,” said Professor Zaruhi Karabekian, who had the opportunity to be the first speaker during the Brain Awareness Week events and told the students how much importance has been attached to neurological research devoted to the brain over the past years.
Karabekian’s speech had been preceded by a speech by Pro-Rector of Yerevan State Medical University for Science Konstantin Yenkoyan, who had also emphasized that world science has been paying great attention to brain research over the past couple of years. “The Brain Awareness Week initiative is important and carries out a global mission. We must understand that the goal is to not only engage specialists, but also raise average citizens’ awareness about the brain and cerebral palsy, which is in line with this year’s topic.”
On March 13, students of Yerevan State Medical University will pay visits to general education schools through the awareness-raising events. As in several countries, the goal of Brain Awareness Week in Armenia is to make the brain recognizable for everyone since the topic is rather current in world science.
The events at Yerevan State Medical University have gathered future Armenian and foreign doctors and young researchers. The main organizer is the Student Academic Society of Yerevan State Medical University and the Student Parliament.
Brain Awareness Week is always held in March. It is a series of events aimed at introducing the public at large to the structural and functional features of the brain and various neurological studies. Armenia will host events from March 12 to 18. The organizers have united “to explore the functioning of the most regular and enigmatic organ of the organism” with their speeches.