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International Brain Week highlights the grey matter (picture:CHUV)

If you don't know your cerebellum from your hypothalamus, this is the week to find out. Events have been organised across Switzerland for International Brain Week.

Discussions, laboratory visits, events and exhibitions will help explain the functions and malfunctions of our most complex organ, which weighs a mere 1,5 kilogrammes. If you've got one, flaunt it seems to be the message from the organisers.

Talks will cover topics as diverse as ageing, degenerative diseases, how we cope with stress, how the brains of men and women differ, motor responses, instinctive activities, and the regenerative role of sleep.

Forty-four countries are taking part in International Brain Week. Switzerland has been participating since 1998.

Activities are taking place in Aarau, Basel, Bern, Fribourg, Geneva, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Lausanne, Sierre and Zurich, and in canton Ticino.

The events are the brainchild of the Swiss Society for Neuroscience and the European Dana Alliance for the Brain.

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