University of Miami

Organized by:
University of Miami

Participating Organizations:

University of Miami, Albizu University, Barry University, Florida International University, Max Planck Florida Institute, Miami Dade College, Ross University, St. Thomas University, Miami Springs High School, Frost Museum of Science, Pilot Club of Miami and Baptist Health South Florida

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Other
  • Other: Fair

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)
  • General Public
  • High School students(9-12)

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

The sixth annual Miami Brain Fair met four major goals: to increase chapter vitality, provide higher education and training of chapter members, promote diversity of the Miami SfN Chapter membership and support public communication and education. This event mobilized 184 volunteers who were led by a talented group of University of Miami medical students. Our undergraduate and graduate students were highly encouraged to develop exhibits with faculty guidance. Exhibits were selected to minimize overlap of neuroscience content and provide a broad range of neuroscience topics relevant to the target audience, parents and elementary age children. Somatosensory System, Dr. Rebekah Corlew Gustatory System, Yoel Sitbon, Tyler Huff, Ryan Worthen Visual System, Dr. Abigail Hackam Vestibular System, Zak Balmuth Spinal Cord, Dr. Kim Anderson Neuronal Structure, Dr. Stephanie Bingham Glial Cells, Nadee Nissanka, Amber Hackett Sheep Brain Dissections, Dr. Alexis Tapanes-Castillo Higher Cortical Function, Katherine Klein Comparative Neuroanatomy, Dr. David Titus Magnifying the Brain, Saloni Mehta, Nathalie Khoury EMG Recordings, Dr. Alexis Tapanes-Castillo WalkSafe, BikeSafe, SkateSafe Programs, Dr. Gillian Hotz Baptist Health Stroke Program, Dr. Amy Starosciak Concussion Prevention, Sherry Alladin Food for Thought, Lanny Picon Smart Technology for Learning, Anamaria Nevares Aging Brain, Dr. Stacy Merritt Brain on Drugs, Dr. Gagani Athauda Functional MRI, Dr. Lucina Uddin Magnets, Metals & Mind, Dr. Jennifer Briton Infant & Child Studies, Dr. Elizabeth Simpson Learning & Memory, Nicole Wilson Neuroplasticity, Dr. Elizabeth Losin Training the Brain, Dr. Joyce Gomes

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

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

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

word of mouth


Of the Dana Foundation publications/resources distributed at your event(s), if any, please indicate the three most popular. Please choose up to three. If "other," please indicate below:

  • Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research
  • It’s Mindboggling!
  • More Mindbogglers!
  • Staying Sharp Bookmark
  • BAW Stickers
  • BAW Pencils and Erasers
  • The Mindboggling Workbook
  • BAW Buttons
  • Staying Sharp: Successful Aging and the Brain

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

  • BAW Logos

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

The community has a positive view of the University of Miami and neuroscience research.

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

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Contact Information

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