Top brain researchers moonlight in Summit |

Top brain researchers moonlight in Summit

SUMMIT COUNTY – Nationally renowned brain researchers are taking time out from the 37th annual Winter Conference on Brain Research to spend time with Summit County students.

Several scientists are conducting lessons on the brain for elementary and middle school students this week.

“It’s an important thing to do for the community,” said Dr. Frank Welsh, who conducts research on stroke treatments at the University of Pennsylvania. “Students are so impressionable at this age. Even if only one student sees how neat this is, and this inspires a career interest, it’s more than worthwhile.”

Welsh gave a brief lesson on brain anatomy to an eighth-grade math class and discussed the impact of strokes.

He told the students a story of a woman who suffered a stroke, resulting in the loss of “her ability to even know that the left side of the universe existed.”

She only ate food on the right half of her plate and applied makeup on the right half of her face.

Each year, the conference coordinates with the local school district to bring as many as 30 researchers into classrooms. The conferees have been making presentations in schools for about 15 years.

– Julie Sutor

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