“Thank you so much for coming to our science fair and teaching us about the human brain. It looked really strange but was so cool!”
“Thank you for inspiring [us] with science. The fact I found most interesting is that neurologists do not know the causes of brain diseases. I will look into becoming a neurologist.”
“I learned so much from you about our brain. My dad was amazed that I knew so much.”
These are but a few of the many accolades expressed in “thank you” letters received by Dr. Michael Harrington, HMRI’s director of Molecular Neurology, following his presentation at a reverse science fair at Holy Redeeemer Middle School in Montrose. Harrington was one of a number of physicians, researchers and engineers invited to participate in this annual event to give 7th and 8th graders an opportunity to understand science and medicine “up close and personal.”
Beth Cohen, Holy Redeemer’s science teacher, acknowledged that Harrington’s presentation regarding the brain is the most popular which is why she invites him back every year. “He truly knows how to inspire these kids and pique their curiosity,” she noted. “His style is very real rather than sounding like a text book.” The classroom presentation included viewing a real human brain followed by an explanation of the function of the brain and the mystery of brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and migraine.
“As a researcher, I feel we have a moral and social responsibility to share information with our youth through science education,” noted Harrington. “I thoroughly enjoy this annual opportunity to interact with our young people.”