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 8th Annual Mount Sinai Brain Fair
Date: March 17, 2020
Time: Open to the public 3pm-5pm
Location: The Guggenheim Atrium

The Brain Awareness Fair is held 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 the Mount Sinai's most prominent neuroscientists, and a large brain, the world’s only portable, inflatable, walk-through brain exhibit. Last year's event was an enormous success, with over 100 Mount Sinai volunteers and over 500 participants, ranging in age from 2 to 86!

Mark your calendars for future BAW campaign dates:
March 16-22, 2020

  • Meet the Experts – challenge faculty members on any topic related to the brain! This year's faculty volunteers are:
  • Addiction – Learn what addiction is, how scientists study it, and how different drugs change your brain
  • Build-a-Brain – Color your own brain hat and learn about what parts of the brain control different functions
  • Taste Test – Participate in a taste test and learn how much smell influences what we taste
  • Mount Sinai Brain Injury Research Center – Learn about concussions, traumatic brain injury, and how to protect your brain
  • Egg Drop – Learn about the parts of the body that protect your brain by wrapping an egg to protect it from cracking during a drop 3 feet above the ground
  • Optical Illusions – See if you are smarter than your brain as you view optical illusions and learn how the brain represents the world around us
  • Dizzy Izzy – Test your balance and learn how the brain senses head movement and direction
  • See Inside the Brain – View MRI images from the human brain
  • Brain Myths – Debunk common misconceptions about the brain
  • Make a Neuron and See a Nueron – Build a brain cell (or neuron) out of pipe cleaners and learn how these cells communicate, then see real neurons under a microscope
  • 3D Virtual Reality Brain Surgery Simulator – see what its like to perform brain surgery on patients
  • Comparative Neuroanatomy – See and touch brain specimens from different animals to learn the similarities and differences between the human brain and other species
  • Neuropsychoimaging of Addiction and Related Conditions (NARC) – see real fMRI images of humans influenced by drugs
  • Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at Mount Sinai – learn about different aspects of autism and promote autism awareness
  • Division of ADHD and Learning Disorders – learn about different aspects of ADHD and promote awareness of learning disorders
  • Anesthesia and Your Brain – understand how anesthesia affects your brain function
  • Center for Excellence in Youth Education (CEYE) – The Center for Excellence in Youth Education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, aims to expose underrepresented minorities and economically disadvantaged youth to careers in science and medicine through hands on curriculum and internships. This is an informational table highlighting science enrichment program opportunities available for students in grades 7 through collegiate level.

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. 

Art of the Brain

In honor of next year's Brain Awareness Week, Mount Sinai's Friedman Brain Institute will again join 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, medical illustrations and sculptures 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 this artwork, scientists are better able to understand how the brain works and accelerate the development of new treatments for many brain disorders including Alzheimer's Disease, Autism, Drug Addiction, Schizophrenia and Parkinson's Disease.

For more information about the Exhibition, please contact Veronica Szarejko at 212.659.5962 or

Art of Brain 2016 Exhibition

Art of Brain 2015 Exhibition

Art of Brain 2014 Exhibition

Studying the Brain - A StoryTelling Event hosted by The Friedman Brain Institute

Inspired by The Story Collider, Studying the Brain is a special Mount Sinai storytelling show where five true, personal stories of science are told live on stage. From the tragic to the hilarious, they explore the deeply human side of brain research.


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