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 10th Annual Mount Sinai Brain Fair is now virtual!

This year Brain Awareness Week (BAW) events will be a week-long of fun, virtual activities and celebrations. If you are in age range from 2 to 86, there’s something for everyone.

Mark your calendars for March 14-20, 2022 and join us, via YouTube, for the following events:

Mark your calendars for future BAW campaign dates:

March 13-19, 2023
March 11-17, 2024

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.

PODCAST: Journey through the MiND: Exploring the Life of a Neuroscientist

Join us as we interview scientists at Mount Sinai about exciting, mind boggling, and surprising experiments in their careers. We’ll hear first hand about the ups, downs, twists, and turns of the research process! Find our podcast series on the MiNDS (Mentoring in Neuroscience Discovery at Sinai) YouTube  or Acast channels.


  • March 17, 2022 – Scott Russo, PhD
  • March 18, 2022 – Denise Cai, PhD

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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: March 16 – May 31, 2022

Follow us on Twitter, Instagram 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, please contact Veronica Szarejko at

For more information about The Art of the Brain or our Diversity in Neuroscience initiative, please contact Veronica Szarejko at

For more information about the exhibition, please contact Veronica Szarejko at 212-659-5962 or




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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