This year’s Brain Awareness Week falls on March 14-20, 2022. Here’s why that’s so exciting for our community:
Brain Awareness Week generates public enthusiasm and support for brain science. Throughout the week, experts and pioneers in brain science host imaginative activities in their communities.
The overall goal of Brain Awareness Week is to share the wonders of the brain and highlight the impact brain science has on our everyday lives. It offers a unique opportunity for everyone to get more involved and informed when it comes to brain health.
Who’s Behind Brain Awareness Week?
DABI (Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives) put together the first Brain Awareness Week in 1996. More than 160 organizations were involved in the first-ever event held in the United States.
That first Brain Awareness Week brought together groups with different interests from academia, government, and professional and advocacy organizations.
The goal was to unite these different interests and perspectives with the common theme that brain research is the best hope for treatment, prevention, and possible cures for brain diseases.
Each partner in Brain Awareness Week aims to understand and treat brain disorders, as well as advance brain science and awareness. The ultimate goal is to ensure a better quality of life at all ages.
DABI’s efforts have made Brain Awareness Week a big success since its inception:
In the 26 years since its founding, Brain Awareness Week has evolved into a global education initiative. More than 7,300 partners in 120 countries participate and contribute.
Is Brain Awareness Week For Me?
Yes! It’s for anyone who wants to participate and learn more about how brain science is changing our lives.
Partners include colleges and universities, hospitals, medical research facilities, K-12 schools, advocacy groups, outreach organizations, professional associations, government agencies, corporations, and more.
Every partner brings their own unique perspectives and messages about the brain.
Some are interested in a specific disease or disorder, while others might be concerned about early childhood development. Yet others may be focused on how our brains age or the future of medical research funding.
Brain Awareness Week offers its partners and participants an opportunity to focus national and international attention on what concerns them the most. They get to do this within the broader context of shared interest in brain science.
What Kind of Events Can I Expect?
Events are limited only by the organizers’ imaginations!
Some popular events include:
- Lectures and panel discussions
- Lab tours and open houses at neuroscience laboratories
- Brain fairs with hands-on activities, games, and experiments
- Programs at K-12 schools
- Museum exhibitions about the brain
- Displays at malls, libraries, and community centers
- Art and literature competitions
- Concerts and theatrical performances
- Social media campaigns
- And More!
Search the Brain Awareness Week Calendar of Events for more specifics and events near you.
Don’t miss this opportunity to experience and learn more about the most complex and fascinating subject in science: the human brain.
Whether you’re a neuroscientist or a kindergartener, Brain Awareness Week offers something compelling for everyone.