22nd Annual Brain Campaign Inspires Students Around the World


March 7, 2017

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March 7, 2017

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22nd Annual Brain Campaign Inspires Students Around the World 

New York, NYThis year’s international Brain Awareness Week (March 13-19) celebrates 22 years of uniting students, scientists, families, and communities together with the field of neuroscience. During the campaign week, students around the world will have opportunities to tour research labs, compete in brain-related art contests and competitions, and attend fairs with interactive activities—such as holding a real brain—that aim to educate and inspire.

Coordinated by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, more than 450 events are currently registered for this year’s campaign, all of which can be found on the Calendar of Events. A large number of these events are geared towards children and young students in hopes of encouraging a future in science.

For those unable to make an event, free, kid-friendly publications about the brain and new, original puzzles and fact sheets have been developed by the Dana Alliance as part of its public outreach mission. The puzzles, organized by grade and age level, include a brain maze, crosswords, word searches, a cryptogram, word scrambles, and more, all with a brain focus. The fact sheets teach kids about how the brain works, how scientists study the brain, how the senses work, and how exercise affects the brain. All the materials can be printed and shared.

The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives is a nonprofit organization of more than 570 neuroscientists, including 16 Nobel laureates, that is committed to advancing public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research. It is is supported entirely by the Dana Foundation.

The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic organization committed to advancing brain research and to educating the public in a responsible manner about research’s potential: (1) to develop a better understanding of the brain and its functions; (2) to speed the discovery of treatments for brain disorders; and (3) to combat the stigma of brain disorders through education.

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