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A Hands On Brain Experience

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Zoe Deralas, Journalist

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Members of the Doctors of Tomorrow Club got an amazing and one of a kind experience this Tuesday after school. Chad Carraway from the Institute for Memory Impairments & Neurological Disorders came with human and animal brains to provide a hands-on presentation for the attendees.
He spoke in depth about brains, neurodegenerative diseases, and how to start a career in the medical field after high school. Students also got a good amount of time to ask valuable questions to Carraway that helped them get educated on how to pursue their interests in neuroscience/medicine. Carraway is currently in the medical school application process.
A wide variety of brain diseases were discussed, and Carraway explained how they begin to evolve slowly in ones brain. For example, he explained that the hippocampus directly correlates to memory and any damage to that structure can result in Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Carraway also allowed the attendees to hold the brain and examine it up close. The Brain is not a heavy organ, yet it holds one’s’ life inside of it. Being the most complex organ in the body, it’s primarily made up of white and gray matter, along with cellular structure. It is an extremely intriguing and intricate part of the body.
Brain health is very important, any mental or physical disturbance can cause permanent damage to the brain, which is why it is vital for one to keep their mental health in good shape, and to make sure they are getting proper nutrients for healthy brain function.
This was an amazing experience for those interested in the medical field and it was an excellent opportunity to learn more about the anatomy of the brain.

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