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About Brain Awareness Season

About OHSU Brain Awareness

Why do teens act the way they do? How come emotion rules us? Does our environment really affect brain health? Are men’s and women’s brains physically different? Answers to these and other questions can be found during Brain Awareness Season. 

Brain Awareness Season, produced by the OHSU Brain Institute, shares the latest, most riveting knowledge about the brain through a season of events, including workshops, community activities and a hugely popular lecture series - all open to the public. 

From child development to healthy aging, Brain Awareness Season shows how the newest developments in neuroscience can affect - and improve - our lives.

Our History  

OHSU’s Brain Awareness Season celebrates its 14th season this year: Begun in 2000 as Brain Awareness Week, the event has expanded significantly, thanks to an enormous community response. This year the events of the season will stretch from February through mid-May and involve an estimated 10,000 Oregonians - scientists, clinicians, policy makers, advocacy group leaders, teachers, students and enthusiasts from the general public. Brain Awareness Season builds on the powerful strength of OHSU Brain Institute’s neuroscience community, one of the largest and most celebrated groups of brain care and research experts in the country. Speakers from OHSU and from around the world gather to share the latest information on brain science, including top neuroscientists Joe Quinn, M.D., Kent L. Thornburg, Ph.D., Bonnie Nagel, Ph.D. and Joe Gray, Ph.D.