brain science

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Rhode Island’s first-ever "Brain Week" launches Saturday. It’s a week of activities focused on brain science and other brain-related pursuits, like art and storytelling.

The week is sponsored by Providence-based non-profit Cure Alliance for Mental Illness. Co-founder Hakon Heimer said the brain remains a final frontier in understanding the human body.

“I sometimes say that the heart is very complicated, but it’s a bit like a toaster compared to a Lamborghini, when you’re talking about the brain,” said Heimer.

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Francis Csedrik, who is 8 and lives in Washington, D.C., remembers a lot of events from when he was 4 or just a bit younger. There was the time he fell "headfirst on a marble floor" and got a concussion, the day someone stole the family car ("my dad had to chase it down the block"), or the morning he found a black bat (the furry kind) in the house.

I reported recently on the growth of brain science in Rhode Island, mentioning some of the many scientists, doctors, and institutes involved and some of the diseases they're hoping to tackle.

But of course, as with any story, I learned much more in the course of my reporting than I was able to include. Here are a few more neuroscience highlights in the Ocean State: