Pavlov First St. Petersburg State Medical University

Organized by:
Pavlov First St. Petersburg State Medical University

Participating Organizations:

Pavlov First St. Petersburg State Medical University, Pavlov Institute of Physiology of Russian Academy of Sciences, Almazov National Medical Research Centre, Sechenov Institute of Evolutionary Physiology and Biochemistry of Russian Academy of Sciences

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

16 lectures, tours to 3 labs, 3 workshops, 1 school program



Type of Events Held:

  • Lab Tour
  • Lecture/Briefing
  • Online/Virtual
  • School Program
  • Workshop

Target Audiences:

  • General Public
  • High school students (9-12)
  • Patients & Caregivers
  • Professionals
  • University students

Approximate Number of People Reached:

approx. 150 - 200 listeners per day

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

The St. Petersburg Brain Awareness Week’22 “Signal propagation” focused on neurotransmitters that perform a signaling function in the interaction of neurons. The lectures paid special attention to new clinically important brain signal molecules (Day 1: Opening Day, lectures “Proton as neuromediators of CNS”, and “Neurotrophins: from molecule to organism”; Day 5, workshop “On the cutting edge”), to the shared participation of neurotransmitters in brain diseases (Day 2, workshop “Searching a messenger”), and the impact of balance of excitatory/inhibitory neurotransmitters in the sleep-awakening cycle (Day 4, workshop “Molecules of sleep regulation”).

“University Saturday for schoolchildren” (Day 6) was prepared by young scientists and physicians as debate club “Neurotransmitter for genius”. Specifically, the talks were “Dopamine, motivation and learning: modern ideas”, “BDNF, physical activity and cognitive functions”, “Alarm system”: learning, stress and neurotransmitters”, “Glutamate: cognitive travel”. After a set of talks/debates, the quizzes based on presented talks with prizes as books on neuroscience were carried out.

Tours to research laboratories (Day 3: Open Labs Day), as well as quizzes, Q&As, debates, and puzzles throughout the week, added dynamic elements to the BAW program.

The main objectives of BAW “Signal propagation” – educating the audience about the integral role of neurotransmitters in the normal functioning of the brain, discussing that an imbalance in these chemicals can have serious consequences on brain functioning, and showing the progress of neuroscience in dealing with these challenges – have been achieved.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Advertisements
  • Calendar Listings (newspapers, radio, television)
  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Press Release/Media Advisory
  • Website
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Press release and social media, because it is possible to tell many interesting details about the events, and the website due to the high level of accessibility.


What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?

  • Certificate of Participation
  • Adults' Fact Sheets

What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?

  • New Fact Sheets
  • New Lesson Plans

Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?

  • Brain Awareness Week Logos

Feedback & Keys to Success

How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?

The BAW events were very attractive for institutions and the local community. Up to 390 participants were registered to events of BAW, approx. 150 -200 daily, 2800 views of Opening Day video during BAW. About 200 schoolchildren participated in “University Saturday.” After BAW we received nice and enthusiastic feedback from participants. The archive and video records of events are available at and BrainWeekSPb YouTube channel. Post-release articles are published in local newspapers.

Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:

It’s very helpful to add dynamic elements to the program as tours to research laboratories, debates, quizzes throughout the week. The possibility of remote participation make it possible to involve more listeners, as well as to participate from cities other than organizing city.

Event Photos

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Attendees of Lab of ontogeny of the nervous system (Pavlov Institute of Physiology, St. Petersburg) during Open Lab Day

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During tour to the Lab of regulation of brain neurons functions (Open Lab Day, Pavlov Institute of Physiology, St. Petersburg)

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During tour to the Lab of experimental pharmacology and pain therapy (Open Lab Day, Pavlov First St. Petersburg State Medical University)

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Chairman of Organizing team of St. Petersburg BAW’22 “Signal propagation” Prof. Edwin Zvartau awards the best lecturer Dr. Natalia Sivakova (lecture “Cutting-edge data about the signal pathways of epilepsy”)

Contact Information

BAW Website:

Contact Name:

Dr. Irina Sukhotina

Contact Phone:

+7 (812) 338 7102

Contact Email:

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