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Collaborator Spotlight: Explaining the Brain With BrainFacts.org

Guided by the global neuroscience community, BrainFacts.org explores how the universe between our ears—the brain—shapes our perceptions and experiences. Learn more about BrainFacts.org below and explore over 400 of their amazing resources on LabXchange, including their Core Concepts in Neuroscience learning cluster!

What's one thing LabXchange users should know about your organization?

Our work is guided by top neuroscientists in the field giving a unique insight into what fires up the brain science community. BrainFacts.org aims to share the excitement and progress in the field, while providing the context for how neuroscience and society interact.

What's one fun fact about your organization?

The Society for Neuroscience hosts BrainFacts.org. It also hosts one of the largest scientific gatherings in the world. But still, that meeting is only a quarter the size of COMICON.

What is your organization's vision for science education?

The brain generates every sensation, thought, and emotion we have. If you know your brain, you know yourself.

Who are your scientific inspirations?

I am genuinely excited by the work of Victorian neuroscientists, Santiago Ramon y Cajal and Charles Scott Sherrington. The scientists had two very different backgrounds and approaches to the brain: Cajal painstakingly sketched individual neurons; Sherrington studied the knee-jerk reflex, concluding neural pathways consisted of multiple cells separated by gaps he called synapses. Yet, these scientists shared bond of mutual respect and friendship that is inspirational

What is the first science experiment you remember performing?

I remember making “microscope” slides out of Scotch Tape containing wind-blown seeds found in the elementary school yard. I’m sure the scientific merit was pretty low, but I became fascinated.

Tell us what motivates you to continue creating/communicating your amazing content!

I believe knowing more about the brain and the inner world it creates for each of us is a human right. We are all better for understanding our brains.

What's your favorite science joke/pun?

I asked the BrainFacts.org team for the most groan-inducing joke to answer this question. Our winner:

Q: What kind of fish performs brain surgery?
A: A Neuro-sturgeon!

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