Celebrate Brain Awareness Week, March 12-18, 2018

Join the McKnight Brain Institute and the UF neuroscience community for several events during Brain Awareness Week, March 12-18.

Tuesday, March 13: High school visit

  • The MBI will host high school students at the Communicore, where they experience a human neuroanatomy demonstration and participate in hands-on activities.

Wednesday, March 14: Homeschool Day

  • The MBI hosts Homeschool Day at the Communicore. Area homeschooled children participate in a workshop, including brain art and brain tricks. See photos from last year’s Homeschool Day event below.

Thursday, March 15: William G. Luttge Lectureship in Neuroscience

  • The sixth annual William G. Luttge Lectureship in Neuroscience, established and sponsored by the McKnight Brain Research Foundation. This year’s speaker is Michela Gallagher, Ph.D., Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University. Gallagher has conducted pioneering work on individual differences in cognitive aging. Click here to learn more.

Friday, March 16: Society of Neuroscience Annual Chapter Conference

  • The 8th annual chapter conference of the North Central Florida Chapter of the Society of Neuroscience. Keynote speaker is John H. Morrison, Ph.D., professor of neurology at the UC Davis School of Medicine. Dr. Morrison’s research focuses on the neurobiology of aging and neurodegenerative disorders. Click here to learn more.

Weeklong: Outreach events at local schools

  • UF students affiliated with the North Central Florida Chapter of the Society of Neuroscience will travel to elementary, middle and high schools in Gainesville to teach about neuroscience by performing fun “brain tricks” and other activities.

“Through our local educational outreach events, we hope to pique people’s interest and spark conversations on neuroscience and neuroscience research. Last year, we reached over 2,200 students in 16 schools in Alachua County. This year, we hope to reach out to even more students and facilitate dialogues on the importance and influence of brain research on our everyday lives.”


Ziqi Wang, 2018 Brain Awareness Week outreach coordinator