Week of free films dealing with brain disease to be shown in Preston

Posted on - 11th March, 2017 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, UCLan, University campus, What's On in Preston
Good Will Hunting is one of the films to be shown
Good Will Hunting is one of the films to be shown

Films dealing with the impact of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are to be shown in Preston.

A week of screenings are being held by the University of Central Lancashire as part of Brain Awareness Week.

Movies such as Good Will Hunting and Love and Other Drugs are being screened in the Mitchell and Kenyon Cinema.

It’s to raise awareness of research into the diseases which are a growing problem in the UK.

Dr Milos Petrovic, a reader in neuroscience at UCLan, said: “Brain diseases are typically a great mystery and are associated with many misconceptions.

“We would be happy to welcome people from the local community and provide accurate and up-to-date information in order to raise awareness of all aspects of brain functioning, both healthy and diseased. For that, we will engage our researchers and will have great help from charities, both representatives and members.”

Read more: How this small piece of wood is helping those with Alzheimer’s in Preston

The event is being supported by the Central and West Lancashire Alzheimer’s Society.

Services manager Kathleen Storton said: “We are very proud to be involved in the University of Central Lancashire’s Brain Awareness Week programme of events, which aims to raise the profile of brain conditions.

“Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia support and research charity, here for anyone affected by any form of dementia. We provide a range of support services across Lancashire and at the event staff and people living with dementia will be providing information on the causes and symptoms of the condition, as well as dispelling some of the myths about it and giving an insight into how people can live well with dementia.”

All films are free to attend and watch, here’s what’s on and when.

Monday, 13 March: Parkinson’s disease
Love & Other Drugs
Visit from Parkinson’s UK and talk with UCLan researchers
Book your place

Tuesday, 14 March: Autism spectrum disorder
Asperger’s Are Us
Visit from the local autism charities and talk with UCLan researchers
Book your place

Wednesday, 15 March: Stroke
Visit from the research team of UCLan Professor Dame Caroline Watkins and The Stroke Association (pending confirmation)
Book your place

Thursday, 16 March: Alzheimer’s disease
A Separation
Visit from Alzheimer’s Society and talk with UCLan researchers
Book your place

Friday, 17 March: Gifted brain
Good Will Hunting
Prize draw for the award from Mensa UK
Book your place

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