<p>To help members of the community learn more about brain injury and disease, the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute is launching a free lecture series at the Alpert Medical School. The first event at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 is a panel discussion of concussions.</p>

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — With an evening panel discussion on concussions Oct. 24, the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute is launching a free quarterly public lecture series called “Brain Power” at the Alpert Medical School education building at 222 Richmond St.

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“Brain Power is an exciting educational program designed to inform our community about the diseases that affect our brain and nerves in our bodies,” said Dr. Michelle Mellion,assistant professor of neurology in the Alpert Medical School and a physician at Rhode Island Hospital. “People who attend will have the chance to interact with experts in the field and learn about cutting-edge treatments and research.”

Mellion is one of four Lifespan doctors and Brown medical professors who will speak on the Oct. 24 panel titled, “Diagnosed with a Concussion, Now What?” The panel, which begins at 6 p.m., also includes Dr. Neha Rauker, assistant professor of emergency medicine; Dr. Curt LaFrance, assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior (research) and neurology; and Dr. Albert Telfeian, clinical assistant professor of neurosurgery.

The Brain Power series will continue with future panels and lectures on personal health subjects including memory disorders, seizures and seizure-like disorders, and conditions affecting the peripheral nervous system, Mellion said.

Mellion said her goal with the Brain Power series is to provide an educational resource for the general public about neurological disorders that will be easily accessible, both in person and on the Web, via archived webinars.

Light refreshments will be available at the Oct. 24 panel. Members of the public do not need to register or RSVP to attend.