R 106
2016 -- H 7930
Enacted 03/10/2016

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Naughton, McNamara, Malik, Ajello, and Messier
Date Introduced: March 10, 2016

     WHEREAS, Brain Week Rhode Island has been organized to coincide with the
internationally observed Brain Awareness Week, which is a global campaign to increase public
awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research; and
     WHEREAS, Cure Alliance for Mental Illness, in conjunction with presenting sponsor,
the Brown Institute for Brain Science, and additional support provided by the Norman Prince
Neurosciences Institute and Butler Hospital, will be presenting creative and family-friendly
events "ranging from opportunities to learn about brain research to fun brain-themed activities for
all ages"; and
     WHEREAS, Thousands of Rhode Islanders are affected by diseases of the brain,
including depression, stroke, schizophrenia, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease,
and other neurological disorders; and
     WHEREAS, Brain Awareness Week is a collaborative effort that will not only help to
focus and raise awareness about the importance of brain research, but will also spark excitement
for neuroscience and the growing biomedical sector that holds great promise for those suffering
with these devastating conditions and for our state's future; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations hereby proclaims March 12th through 19th, 2016, as the first annual
"Brain Week Rhode Island." We furthermore encourage all Rhode Islanders to participate in the
week-long planned activities highlighting the wonders of the brain; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Hakon Heimer, Chair, Brain Week Rhode
Island, c/o Cure Alliance for Mental Illness.