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13–19 March: Brain Awareness Week

10 Mar 2017 | By INSERM (Newsroom) | Uncategorized


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The 19th edition of Brain Awareness Week, coordinated by the French Society for Neuroscience, will take place from 13 to 19 March 2017, in France and 62 other countries. During the many events, the general public is invited to come and meet the researchers in order to gain a better understanding of the workings of the brain and find out about advances in research.

Researchers from research organisations, including Inserm, neuroscience institutes and the teaching hospitals, are coming together to participate in 400 free events in 32 towns and cities in France.

“It is an opportunity for many researchers, physicians and students – all volunteers – to meet the public and let it share the advances in research and neuroscience, and to present the challenges and implications of these advances for our society,” says Jean-Antoine Girault, President of the French Society for Neuroscience.

Brain Awareness Week will open with an inaugural lecture given by Jean-Antoine Girault, President of the French Society for Neuroscience, titled À la recherche des traces de la memoire dans le cerveau” (In search of traces of memory in the brain), Monday 13 March at 6:30 pm, at the Brain and Spine Institute, Paris.

See the programme for Brain Awareness Week at  (

Inserm researchers remain strongly committed to advancing neuroscience research. Here are some examples of research done by Inserm on this theme, available at the Press Room :

“Lack of sleep causes brain impairment in adolescents,” published on 8 March 2017

“Multiple sclerosis: Mission Regeneration!” published on 23 February 2017.

“Identification of one of the keys allowing entry of Zika virus into brain cells,” published on 10 January 2017.

“Sommeil paradoxal: ces neurones qui nous paralysent” (REM sleep, the neurons that paralyse us), published on 13 December 2016.

Researcher Contact

Sommeil des ados

Jean Luc Martinot

Directeur de recherche Inserm

Unité Inserm 1000 « Neuroimagerie et psychiatrie »

+33 (0)1 58 41 28 41


Sclérose en plaque

Violetta Zujovic

Chercheuse Inserm

Unité 1127 “Institut du cerveau et de la moelle épinière ” (Inserm/CNRS/UPMC)

+33 (0)1 57 27 41 27


Ali Amara

Directeur de recherche Inserm

Unité 944 Pathologie et virologie moléculaire (Inserm/CNRS/Université Paris Diderot)


+33 (0)1 53 72 40 60

Sommeil paradoxal

Patrice Fort

Chercheur CNRS

+33 (0)4 78 77 10 41