Brain Awareness Week Celebrates 20 Years of Public Outreach


March 12, 2015

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March 12, 2015

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Brain Awareness Week Celebrates 20 Years of Public Outreach

New York, NY—The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives launched Brain Awareness Week in 1996, and through the years the campaign has engaged millions of people worldwide. On its 20th anniversary (March 16-22), hundreds of thousands more will participate in exhibits, activities, and lectures that educate the public about the brain and the promise of brain research.

“It’s been amazing to see what our partners have done over the years. We’ve seen everything from operas to games to art contests to all manner of classroom activities,” says Barbara Gill, executive director of the Dana Alliance. “It’s a grand opportunity for neuroscientists to communicate with the public on a larger scale about the importance of brain research. Our hope remains that these programs will increase understanding as well as spark the imaginations of the next generation of neuroscientists.”

With its signature logo and theme “Get Connected,” the week is now a regular calendar fixture for many partner organizations, including the Society for Neuroscience, universities, museums, patient advocacy groups, and K-12 schools. Among the events supported by Dana this year are a Staying Sharp panel on memory and the aging brain at New York University Langone Medical Center; hands-on lab activities for all ages in the BioBus at New York City’s Washington Square Park; and a panel on pain and pain research at AAAS Headquarters in Washington, DC. All three events are free and open to the public.

Details about these events and many others can be found on the international events calendar on the Brain Awareness Week website, which also offers educational resources, downloadable graphics, publications, and general information. Connect to the campaign on social media with the hashtag #brainweek.

The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives is a nonprofit organization of more than 350 eminent neuroscientists, including nine Nobel laureates. It is committed to advancing public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research and to disseminating accessible information about the brain. The Dana Alliance is supported entirely by the Dana Foundation.

The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic organization that supports brain research through grants, publications, and educational programs. 

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