In case you missed it: Brain mapping, public health, genetics and more

We hope your weekend is off to a good start. Like most weeks, there was a lot of health related and Baylor College of Medicine news. Enjoy our round up of big announcements, exciting developments and news you may have missed this week.

Brain Initiative announced

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama announced a new $100 million research initiative to help map the circuitry of the human brain. The Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies, or Brain Initiative for short, has drawn comparisons to the Human Genome Project. Like the Human Genome Project helped kick open the door to identifying genes associated with disease, the Brain Initiative looks to explore how the brain processes, stores, and retrieves information to help cure and treat brain disorders.

BCM researchers discuss the future of brain research.

Making health, safety a priority

Tomorrow marks the end of National Public Health week. BCM experts offered easy ways that we can make a difference in our health. Ensure a safe and healthy home by starting with quick ways to prepare and store foods safely, pack safe lunches, stay healthy at work, and travel safely. An easy way to improve your overall health? Visit your physician regularly.

Read more about National Public Health Week.

A matter of perception

You don’t notice it when you’re talking, but why do you dislike the sound of your own voice in recordings? NBC’s blog “The Brain Odd” explains air-conducted sound and bone-conducted sound alter how we hear noises. These two types of sound are processed why we hear recordings differently and how a similar phenomenon happens when we see photos of ourselves differently.

Read more about how our brains change sound frequencies.

BCM heads to McAllen to talk genetics

BCM will team up with Texas Children’s Hospital for an Evening with Genetics seminar on children with congenital heart defects April 20. This seminar is sponsored by the BCM’s Department of Molecular and Human Genetics and Texas Children’s Hospital and is made possible by Title V funding awarded by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The free event is open to the public.

Learn more about the guest lecturers and photo exhibit.

By Audrey M. Marks

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