A presentation on neurocognitive disorders will take place at UNC-Chapel Hill as part of a global campaign facilitated by The Society for Neuroscience and Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives.

According to a news release from the university, Dr. Daniel Kaufer will lead the presentation with talks on brain maintenance and the stigma that often accompanies mental illness.

“I want us to stop using the word ‘dementia,’” declared Kaufer. “The fact is that many people who have been diagnosed with ‘dementia’ really have a neurocognitive disorder caused by one of four proteins.”

As the division chief of cognitive neurology and memory disorders at the university, Kaufer hopes to change the way that mental illness is perceived while teaching people how to keep their brains healthy.

Kaufer’s mission is congruent to that of Brain Awareness Week, which is organized by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and held every March at participating institutions throughout the world.

The presentation is scheduled for March 15 at 6:30 PM in the UNC FedEx Global Education Center, with attendance permitted for both students and local residents at no charge.

Photo from Belgian Brain Council.