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.

12th Annual Mount Sinai Brain Fair

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) will host its 12th Annual Brain Awareness Fair for elementary, middle, and high school students and their parents on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 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.

For more information, contact Denise Croote at



The Story Collider teams up with 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!

2024 Stories of Brain and Beyond

Hosts: Abha Karki Rajbhandari, Aya Osman, PhDLatasha Wright and Paula Croxson
Date: March 20, 2024 - Time: Doors open at 6:30 pm.
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2023 Stories of Brain and Beyond

Luis Melo: Standing Your Ground

Overcoming the hurdle of not being credited on a project, Luis Melo, Health and Safety Quality Analyst in the Psychiatry Department, shares how he learned to stand up for his rights and fight for recognition.



Ismail Nabeel: For Love of Numbers

Ismail Nabeel, Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, shares how his appreciation for numbers profoundly influenced his career path in medicine, bioinformatics, and computation.



Abha Karki Rajbhandari: Neurobiology of Fear

Abha Karki Rajbhandari, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, shares that fear has been a significant part of her life, and these personal experiences have greatly influenced her determination to study the neurobiology of fear.



Saren H. Seeley: Grief and Trauma

Saren H. Seeley, Postdoctoral Researcher in the Psychiatry Department, shares personal aspects of her response to grief and trauma and how these emotions led her to better understand human experiences.



Sanutha Shetty: Coping with Loss

Sanutha Shetty, Prospective Neuroscience PhD candidate at Icahn Mount Sinai, shares her experience of losing a loved one and the realization that everyone copes with loss differently. LISTEN:

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 and in person during Brain Awareness Week.

In person (March 11 - 17): 1425 Madison Avenue, MC level

Virtual Gallery: (Will go live on March 11th)

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



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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