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Banner Sun Health Research Institute brings brain health awareness to local elementaries


SUN CITY, Ariz. (March 29, 2013) – Area elementary students recently had the chance to view brains – animal brains and a human brain – up close and personal as members of Banner Sun Health Research Institute staff traveled to their schools to educate them on brain health during Brain Awareness Month (March). This hands-on opportunity also provided a chance for the students to ask a variety of questions.

“The questions are one of the best parts,” said Michele Caverly, Research Regulatory Affairs coordinator at the institute. “One student asked if a platypus had half a duck brain and half a beaver brain.”

The program teaches the children about the brain, how healthy choices benefit the brain and why drugs are not good for brain health. The Banner Sun Health Research team is composed of staff members who volunteer to take the program to the schools. This year more than 150 students at six local schools in Peoria, Surprise and Phoenix were participants in the program. The team goes out each March, which is Brain Awareness Month.

About Banner Sun Health Research Institute
For 26 years, Banner Sun Health Research Institute, part of nonprofit Banner Health, has been a leader nationally and internationally in the effort to find answers to disorders of aging including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The institute, together with its Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium partners, has been designated by the National Institutes of Health as one of just 29 Alzheimer’s Disease Centers in the nation. The institute’s Cleo Roberts Center for Clinical Research takes laboratory discoveries to clinical trials that foster hope for new treatments. Banner Health is Arizona’s leading health care provider and second largest private employer. For more information, visit

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