URI Brain Fair

Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 10:00am

Avedisian Hall + CBLS Building

Save the date for the 3rd Annual URI Brain Fair!  

Meet your amazing brain! 

The third annual URI Brain Fair is a free event for all ages to learn about your amazing brain and how you can keep it healthy, with nearly 30 interactive learning stations, plus talks, giveaways, and special events -- including a mid-day brain circus with Marvelous Marvin.  

  • Meet the machine-learning robots of the URI Artificial Intelligence Lab

  • Learn about balance during a simulated surfing activity 

  • Learn science-based ways to keep your brain healthy 

  • Learn the science behind optical illusions and motor learning

  • Watch your brain waves in action with EEG technology

  • Experience "dementia" during a guided simulation

  • Get a brain boost from craft-making activities, including origami folding and dream-catching

  • Learn about community brain health resources for Alzheimer's, frontal temporal neurodegeneration, migraines, and brain injury

...and more!

2019 Brain Fair Speaker Sessions: 

  • The Science Behind the BEACON Study (11 am): Ryan Institute Executive Director Paula Grammas discusses the research that led to the upcoming BEACON study, an Alzheimer's clinical drug trial that will target inflammation in the brain's blood vessels as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease.  

  • Fly through the Brain in 3D (10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm): Step inside the visualization theater for an immersive journey into the structure and complexity of the human brain, led by Rachel Carley, a Class of 2020 Doctor of Pharmacy candidate

  • Sleep and Dreams: 10 Common Myths Explained (10:30 am, 12:30 pm): Sue Adams, professor of human development and family studies, breaks down the truth about sleep and the science of dreaming

  • Play Promotes Healthy Development (11:30 am, 1 pm): Jessica MacLeod, Director of the URI Child Development Center, gives an overview of research-based strategies to support the development of self-regulation, increased attention, flexible thinking, and problem-solving skills in young children, using play and positive interactions. 

  • Understanding Migraines (10:30 am, 12:30 pm): Alicia Torborg, Executive Director of the Association of Migraine Disorders, conducts an informational Q&A session on managing migraine headaches.

  • Brain Circus with Marvelous Marvin  (12 noon)

This year's event takes place in two of our adjacent science buildings, Avedisian Hall and the Center for Biotech & Life Sciences (CBLS). 

PLUS: Catch our special Brain Week RI talk, "Superfoods for a Healthy Gut and Brain," with Professor Navindra Seeram on Thursday, March 14, at 5:30 p.m.  

For more details and registration: uri.edu/brain-fair

Event Type

Special Events



Ryan Institute for Neuroscience
Contact Person

Nicole Maranhas

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