Blair Health Career Academy high school students worked with Huntington Medical Research Institutes neuroscientists and other top experts to create presentations on topics such as brain development and migraines, and together presented their reports to Blair Middle School students. The presentations were part of the HMRI’s Brain Awareness Day on March 8.
“This partnership is a terrific opportunity for Pasadena Unified students to learn from experts and interact with leading scientists,” said Marisa Sarian, Pasadena Unified’s assistant superintendent of Secondary Education. “Our continuing partnership with HMRI is creating unique possibilities for Health Careers Academy students to expand their understanding of the brain and get experience in biotechnology, neuroscience and other medical careers outside the classroom.’’
Blair High School’s Health Careers Academy prepares students for a range of medical careers. The curriculum includes college-preparatory courses, guest speakers from partner organizations, job shadowing, student research, career exploration visits and internships with health professionals.
Brain Awareness Day activities included presentations such as “The Heart’s Impact on the Brain,” “Sparks: Electrical Signals From the Brain,” “My Head Hurts: Migraine,” “The Developing Brain” and “Brain (MRI) Imaging.”
“Brain Awareness Day is a great opportunity for HMRI physicians and scientists to partner with Pasadena Unified to educate kids and remind parents in our community that our brains are vulnerable and need protection — at all stages of life,” said Dr. Marie Csete, president and chief scientist of HMRI. “We are eager to use this special day to bring awareness to a plethora of important brain-related issues and inspire kids to potentially pursue an interest in the sciences.”