20TH BRAIN WEEK IN CROATIA, 15-21. MARCH 2021

Brain Week Topics 2021: COVID-19 AND THE BRAIN; BRAIN AND (DIGITAL) EVOLUTION

B rain week, a worldwide manifestation of the popularization of brain research, is taking place for the second year in a completely different, pandemic setting. Unfortunately, open days of scientific and other institutions that have so far participated in the organization of Brain Week in Croatia are not yet possible. Although there are no usual activities, symposia, popular lectures, as well as the murmur of curious kindergarten and school children and youth in the lecture halls and laboratories that we were happy to welcome in the weeks of March, The Croatian Society for Neuroscience (HDN) continues to pursue one of its main goals – to promote the latest knowledge in the field of neuroscience to the general public.

TOPICS OF THE WEEK BRAIN IN CROATIA, PERIOD SINCE 2003 UNTIL 2020 YEARS

2003.

A century of the mind; Brain and aging; Brain development (from cells to mind)

2009.

What makes us human ?; The evolution of language and symbolic thinking; Specific diseases of the human brain

2015.

Brain and communication; The role and position of neuroscience in society; Stroke

2004.

New insights and challenges of brain research; Brain and hormones; Birth and death of nerve cells

2010.

Brain and creativity; Brain and art; Brain imaging

2016.

Children’s brains; Empathy, tolerance, intolerance; Left and right brain – cooperation of two hemispheres of the brain

2005.

Autism; Brain research and the European Research Area; New insights and challenges of brain research

2011.

Brain and learning; Neuroeconomics; New insights and challenges of brain research

2017.

The first three years: human brain development; Brain and space

2006.

Mental disorders; New insights and challenges of brain research

2012.

Brain development and aging; Brain and decision making; Brain and stress

2018.

Brain and artificial intelligence; Brain – hunger for oxygen and glucose

2007.

Neuroethics and brain imaging ( neuroimaging ); Developmental rehabilitation; Neuroscience of aging

2013.

Changes in the state of consciousness; Addictive neurobiology; Brain and movement

2019.

Learning and memory

2008.

Brain and aggression; Brain injuries; Brain imaging methods

2014.

Social brain; Brain and pain; networks and behavior

2020.

Brain and evolution

Let us briefly recall the well-known facts that more than 45% of the total costs and burdens in the EU health system are brain diseases, and that the cost of more than € 800 billion per year for brain diseases exceeds the total annual costs of cardiovascular and malignant treatment. Brain research has become one of the enduring research priorities in the developed world where more than a million and a half scientists are involved in neuroscience.

HDN joined the global action to promote knowledge about the brain and brain diseases in the first years after the founding of the society in 2000. years. This year, in cooperation with numerous scientific, educational and professional institutions and interested organizations, we are preparing 20. A brain week that will take place via electronic media instead of live. Over the last twenty years, we have presented a number of topics relevant to understanding the meaning and application of brain research, and this year’s main theme will be impact of the new COVID-19 disease on brain function . With this topic, we will talk about the evolution of the brain and try to explain the impact of digital technologies on brain development and function (digital evolution).

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