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Kids are sure to enjoy Brain Night at the Health Museum March 14

HOUSTON – (March 7, 2013) – Parents looking for a great activity for kids during spring break can check out  Brain Night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, at The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Drive.

This free event teaches children how their brain works and why it is so important to protect the stuff between their ears. It is designed for elementary school children and their families.

Brain Night is sponsored by The Neuroscience Research Center (NRC) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and is held in conjunction with International Brain Awareness Week.

To show why it is so important to wear a bicycle helmet, neuroscientists will do the always-popular egg drop. When eggs are dropped into the material that lines bicycle helmets, they normally fare pretty well. When they are dropped on the floor, things often get messy.

In addition, UTHealth Child Neurologist Pedro Mancias, M.D., will be packing his bag and performing neurologic screening exams. With a tap on a knee, a look into the eyes and other tests, Mancias can detect some nervous system problems.

The NRC is a university-wide center where diverse and multidisciplinary research is conducted to further the understanding of neural and behavioral disorders.

Whether performing cellular research in laboratories or clinical trials in patient care settings, the work of NRC researchers may someday contribute to preventing and treating Alzheimer's disease, stroke; learning disabilities; schizophrenia and bipolar disorder illness; substance abuse problems; inability to process knowledge due to factors such as aging and head trauma; and disabilities due to disorders of the developing nervous system.

For information, call 713.500.5538 or visit

Rob Cahill
Media Contact: 713-500-3030