National Brain Awareness Week 2014

The Friedman Brain Institute at Mount Sinai is deeply committed to promoting brain health by sharing our expertise with our partners everywhere.  In celebration of Brain Awareness Week, the Sinai Neuroscience Outreach Program (SNOP) will host its second annual Brain Awareness Fair for elementary, middle, and high school students and their parents.

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National Brain Awareness Week 2014: March 10-16, 2014

Brain Awareness Fair

Brain Awareness Week is a global campaign created to promote public awareness of brain research. The Sinai Neuroscience Outreach Program (SNOP) will host its second annual Brain Awareness Fair for elementary, middle, and high school students and their parents, on Thursday, March 13. Attendees will learn about the taste/smell connection, hold real animal brains, make their own brain hats, and much more. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai faculty will be on hand to answer questions and dispel myths about Autism, Alzheimer's disease, drug abuse and addiction, and memory and cognition.  

The Brain Awareness Fair runs from 3:30 to 6:30 pm at the Mount Sinai Medical Center (1468 Madison Avenue, at 100th St.) in the Annenberg West Lobby.

Participating faculty members will include:

Created by Neuroscience graduate students in 2011, SNOP is a group of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai students, postdocs, and research associates, which promotes neuroscience education by working with public school students in and around East Harlem. SNOP visits local classrooms to increase community knowledge about neuroscience and brain research through hands-on activities, while encouraging students to think about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).  The group works closely with the Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs and is supported by the Friedman Brain Institute, the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives (The Dana Foundation), and the Greater NYC Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.

Image by Samuel E. Gandy

Brain Health Achievements 

In recognition of National Brain Awareness Week, we want to share our passion and commitment with you by highlighting some of the many things accomplished at The Friedman Brain Institute to make a difference in the fight for brain health.

  • We are the first in the northeast to use the Amyvid brain scan to identify the hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease in a clinical setting. This will produce major changes in how we identify individuals with the disease, measure the effectiveness of treatments, and provide early interventions. To learn more, please visit the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.

  • Utilizing high-throughput sequencing (HTS), we have identified dozens of new mutations linked to autism. We have established a vast expertise in HTS that is now being used to zero in on new targets for the treatment of Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's, among other conditions. To learn more, please visit the Seaver Autism Center.

  • More than 25 new researchers and clinicians have been brought on since 2012 to improve our strengths and build new collaborations across The Friedman Brain Institute in areas as diverse as stem cells, brain imaging, pediatric headache medicine, cognition, and deep brain stimulation. View Digital Flipbook