Second annual Brain Week R.I. celebrates brain health, science

PROVIDENCE – The second annual Brain Week Rhode Island, a celebration of brain health and brain science, will be held from March 11-19, with free events in and around Providence and the University of Rhode Island, in South Kingstown. Organized by Providence-based national research advocacy organization, Cure Alliance for Mental Illness, Brain Week Rhode Island has received major sponsorship support from the Brown Institute for Brain Science and URI’s George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience. Other support comes from the Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology at the Providence VA Medical Center, Lifespan’s Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute, Bradley Hospital and other organizations.

The event coincides with International Brain Awareness Week, when thousands of organizations and institutions worldwide organize creative learning activities in their communities to spread awareness of our extraordinary brains and the promise of brain research, according to a press statement from Cure Alliance for Mental Illness. Brain Week R.I. will include learning opportunities, panel presentations, films, arts and story-telling events, workshops and a brain fair with interactive science exhibits.

“The Brown Institute for Brain Science is delighted to sponsor the second annual Brain Week R.I. following an extraordinarily successful week of inaugural events last year,” Diane Lipscomb, director of the Brown Institute for Brain Science, said in the statement. “Our brains control what we see, how we learn, what we remember, why we feel pain and how we make decisions. Brain Week R.I. offers opportunities to learn about the great scientific advances in neuroscience and consider what we still don’t know.”

“It is vitally important for people to know as much as possible about how the brain works, including what each of us can do to keep our brains healthy for as long as possible,” said Paula Grammas, executive director of URI’s George & Ryan Institute for Neuroscience, said. “For instance, we don’t yet have effective treatments against Alzheimer’s disease, but there is growing evidence that diet and exercise can have a significant impact on the course of the disease. Events like the ones at Brain Week can help make more people aware of how to improve their brain health.”

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All Brain Week R.I. events are free and open to all, although advance reservations are strongly recommended. For a full schedule of Brain Week events and to reserve event tickets, visit

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