Lectures & Events

Lectures & Events - OHSU Brain Awareness

More than simply a presentation, each Brain Awareness Season lecture is a destination event. Every lecture in our series brings opportunities for audience participation, receptions, refreshments and book signings.

2014 Brain Awareness Lecture Series: Building Brain Bridges

Brain connections and control: How does your brain affect your body?
The brain is the boss. It oversees and connects everything that happens in your body, from the everyday to the unusual. This year, our lecture series also makes important connections: What takes place in your brain can influence illnesses, behaviors, injuries, emotions, discoveries and more. Join us as neuroscience’s top researchers explore the brain’s profound questions and astonishing connections.

2015 Brain Awareness Lecture Series

To learn about the 2015 Brain Awareness, sign up for our e-newsletter, Brain E-Tips.


In previous years we have attracted some of the most renowned names in brain science, including:
  • Guy McKhann, M.D.,/ Marilyn Albert,Ph.D Johns Hopkins University, Dana authors, “Keep Your Brain Young: The Complete Guide To Physical and Emotional Health and Longevity”
  • Thomas Insel, M.D., Director, National Institute of Mental Health
  • Terrence Sejnowski, Ph.D., Salk Institute, author: “LIARS, LOVERS AND HEROES: New Discoveries About How We Become Who We Are”
  • Paula Apsell, Executive Director of NOVA
  • Floyd Bloom, M.D., Salk Institute, co-author: “The Dana Guide to Brain Health”
  • Gary Small, M.D., UCLA Center on Aging, author: “The Memory Bible”
  • Ira Flatow, Host of NPR’s “Talk of the Nation: Science Friday”
  • Eric Kandel, Nobel Prize winner

In addition to lectures, Brain Awareness Season offers a variety of activities designed to inspire and educate, including:

  • Teaching children and their families about the brain at the Brain Fair
  • Partnering with disease advocacy groups to build more connections for affected individuals
  • Engaging elected officials
  • Helping with medical information
  • Building better awareness of critical brain safety and health messages
  • Increasing science interest and literacy to all ages