Be braiNY in the Big Apple

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Brain Awareness Week begins on Monday, and partners all around the world have been working hard coordinating events and activities—now it’s up to you to attend! If you live in the New York City area, our good friends at braiNY, the Greater NYC Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, have put together a diverse series of events happening throughout the month of March.

The BioBus will be parked uptown (on W. 125 St. and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.) on March 9, from 10 am to 3 pm, for kids and adults wanting to hop onboard the Mobile Lab for some hands-on science. Attendees will also have a chance to speak to real scientists who study the brain.

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The BioBus during a past Brain Awareness Week campaign

For adults wanting to unwind and learn about the brain, the Bronx Brewery will be hosting its annual Brains & Brews event this Saturday, March 9.

Who doesn’t love a good brain fair? The city will be teeming with them this Brain Awareness Week at NYU Langone Health, Mount Sinai Hospital, the New York Hall of Science, and the BioBase at the Jerome L. Greene Science Center. Columbia University Medical Center will also host a Bilingual Brain Fair. (Speaking of brain fairs, if you’re interested in hosting one of your own next year, watch our interview with Brain Fair expert Mike Burman, Ph.D., for advice on getting started.)

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An inflatable brain at one of Mount Sinai’s past brain fairs

If you’re at the NYU Langone Health brain fair on March 12, consider attending the Successful Aging & Your Brain forum taking place just one room over! With discussions led by an expert panel of scientists, the program covers how the brain changes as we age, memory loss, brain diseases and disorders, and maintaining cognitive function.

If you’re more of a night owl, there are plenty of evening events happening that include storytelling and discussions on the brain and sports, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, and artificial intelligence. You can even spend an evening at the American Museum of Natural History to explore the anatomy, behavior, and sensory systems of humans and other animal species.

After all that running around, decompress with a NeuroYoga session, where an instructor will guide you through postures, breathing exercises, and meditation before explaining how yoga positively impacts your nervous system. (There will even be an experiment conducted during class, giving you real-time feedback on the function of your brain.)

These are just some of the many events you can attend in New York during and after Brain Awareness Week (March 11-17). For the full calendar, visit the braiNY website. Be sure to follow our blog and social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) for coverage of the global campaign, and show us how you celebrate by using #brainawarenessweek and #brainweek in your own posts.

For our friends and fellow brain enthusiasts outside of New York, head on over to dana.org/BAW/Calendar to find activities in your area!

– Seimi Rurup

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