The Friedman Brain Institute

Brain Awareness Week

The Friedman Brain Institute at Mount Sinai is deeply committed to promoting brain health by sharing our expertise with our partners and local community. In celebration of Brain Awareness Week (BAW), Mentoring in Neuroscience Discovery at Sinai (MiNDS), with support from the Friedman Brain Institute and the Center for Excellence in Youth Education (CEYE) at Mount Sinai, hosts an Annual Brain Awareness Fair for local students, their parents, and community members.

The 11th Annual Mount Sinai Brain Fair - Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - Guggenheim Pavilion at The Mount Sinai Hospital

Brain Awareness Week is a global campaign to increase public awareness about the brain and brain research. Established by The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, institutions and organizations across New York City are coming together under the umbrella group of BraiNY in a city-wide effort to promote brain awareness.

The Friedman Brain Institute along with Center for Excellence in Youth Education (CEYE) and Mentoring in Neuroscience Discovery at Sinai (MiNDS) hosted its 11th Annual Brain Awareness Fair for elementary, middle, and high school students and their parents on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 in the Guggenheim Pavilion at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Exhibits and activities included pipe cleaner neuron models, a 3D surgery simulator, a Meet the Experts booth featuring some of Mount Sinai's most prominent neuroscientists, and a large brain, the world’s only portable, inflatable, walk-through brain exhibit. The annual brain fair is always an enormous success, with 100 Mount Sinai volunteers and over 500 participants.

The 12th Annual Mount Sinai Brain Fair – Date TBD

For more information, contact Denise Croote at



The Story Collider teams up with the The Friedman Brain Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine to bring you five true, personal stories from folks at all career stages about their journey through the brain… and beyond!

Hosted by Aya Osman, PhDLatasha Wright and Paula Croxson.
Date: March 22, 2023 - Time: Doors open at 6pm.
Location: Caveat:
For more information, contact:
Storytellers: Ismail Nabeel, Abha Karki Rajbhandari, Saren H. Seeley, Sanutha Shetty


Art of the Brain

In honor of this year’s Brain Awareness Week, Mount Sinai’s Friedman Brain Institute joins the Dana Foundation in its global efforts to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research.

The Art of the Brain is an exhibition of photographs, painting, illustrations and videos that celebrates the beauty of the brain as seen through the eyes of some of the world’s leading researchers. With the aid of the latest technological advances, as symbolized by these images, scientists are better able to understand how the brain works and to accelerate the development of new treatments for many brain disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, autism, drug addiction, schizophrenia and Parkinson's disease, among many others.

The Art of the Brain exhibition will take place virtually during Brain Awareness Week and the weeks that follow.

Exhibition Dates: Virtual Gallery opens March 17th.

Follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook at #ArtoftheBrain

If you would like to make a donation to our Diversity in Neuroscience initiative through the purchase of any of the Art of the Brain images, and for more information about The Art of the Brain or our Diversity in Neuroscience initiative, please contact Veronica Szarejko at


Mark your calendars for future BAW campaign dates: March 11-17, 2024


Art of the Brain





Road to Resilience podcast: Listen to Anastasia Efthymiou and Joseph Simon, IV share their Studying the Brain stories.

Anastasia Efthymiou is a PhD candidate in neuroscience at Mount Sinai, where she uses functional genomics approaches to study Alzheimer's disease. When she isn't growing cells in the lab, she's trying to grow plants in her apartment. She is more successful in one endeavor than the other.

Joseph Simon, IV is a California native, growing up in Sacramento and receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2014. Currently, Joe is a second-year Neuroscience PhD student studying the neural dynamics underlying choice behavior in social-context. Outside of the lab, he is an avid photographer and enjoys walks through Central Park in the spring.

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