Brain Awareness Day at NMHM

Brain Awareness Day

Brain Awareness Day: March 16, 2023

Did you know since 2000, over 400,000 service members were diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury?

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is a global campaign to foster public enthusiasm and support for brain science. Every March, partners around the world host imaginative activities in their communities sharing the wonders of the brain and the impact brain science has on our everyday lives.

NMHM has one of the largest neuroanatomical collections of its kind in the world, which is used for military and civilian research about the brain. Since 2000, NMHM has hosted educational brain awareness programs and exhibits for the public to instill a sense of excitement about neuroscience and STEM careers, while bringing awareness and understanding of current research to our audiences.

Staff from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Audiology Clinic introduce students to the auditory system and lead through a demonstration on how the vestibular system affects balance on March 18, 2016, during Brain Awareness Week.
Students step inside the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's Drunken Brain exhibit on March 16, 2016, during NMHM's Brain Awareness Week. Students learned about some of the unique effects of alcohol on the brain.

This year, NMHM will celebrate a Brain Awareness Day on Saturday, March 16:

NMHM and our partners, to include brain scientists, researchers, and clinicians from the Department of Defense (like the Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence) and other organizations, will host interactive demonstrations and exhibits about the brain. Follow our social media channels @medicalmuseum to learn more about our partners in anticipation for Brain Awareness Day and remember to Be a Brain Warrior.

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