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Memory and Aging Expert Gary Small Visits OHSU for Brain Awareness Season

   Portland, Ore.

The UCLA neuroscientist is an expert in improving mental performance and decreasing forgetfulness

Gary Small, M.D., memory expert and director of the UCLA Center on Aging will visit Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) this week for the university's annual Brain Awareness Season. The neuroscientist and author is nationally renowned for his work on keeping healthy brains youthful. His Brain Awareness Season lecture titled "The Memory Workout: How to Keep Your Brain Forever Young" will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). Due to tremendous public interest in this topic, there are no more seats available for the event. However, a video replay has been scheduled for noon on Sunday, April 13, at the OHSU Auditorium (no registration required).

Small's research focuses on early detection and prevention of Alzheimer's disease and other mental disorders caused by aging. His work utilizes state-of-the-art imaging and genetic techniques. Small has also authored more than 400 scientific publications and the international best-seller The Memory Bible. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Time, and on CNN.

OHSU's Brain Awareness Season is an annual event to engage young and old in the science of the brain, and to direct participants to Portland metropolitan area neuroscience resources. The season culminates with the national celebration of Brain Awareness Week, March 7-14. This year's roster includes a Portland visit by the National Public Radio program "Science Friday" and a series of lectures on various brain topics. The centerpiece event is a Brain Fair at OMSI featuring hands-on exhibits and activities that allow visitors to view real brains, prizes, an Albert Einstein look-alike contest, brain art; and OHSU scientists and health care providers. The theme of all of this year's events is "Your Health is a State of Mind: The Brain/Body Connection." Sponsors of Brain Awareness Season include OHSU, OMSI and Pfizer.


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