We’re excited to participate in Brain Awareness Week, taking place this year from March 10 through March 16. The purpose of Brain Awareness Week is to increase public awareness to the benefits of brain research and the amazing progress that has been made in this field so far.

Between the Human Brain Project in Europe and the BRAIN Initiative in the United States, the human brain is the next monumental challenge that science is working to unravel.

The brain is kind of like outer space- there’s so much left to discover, and what is known only begins to scratch the surface of the depth and complexity of this organ. Just imagine the possibilities that will emerge from the best minds working intercontinentally on the brain for so many of the children in the CNS Foundation community!

Brain Awareness Week was founded in 1996 in order to unite groups across disciplines with one major theme in common- brain research!  What first began as a collaboration between 160 different academic, government, and advocacy organizations grew to a global event in 1998, and now involves groups across six continents and fifty-two countries working to showcase brain research.

Part of what Brain Awareness Week seeks to accomplish is to widen brain research in the global arena by linking like-minded organizations and those who believe in their mission, spreading the importance of brain research and how brain research affects the lives of all, educate the public to make informed decisions about their health, and to inspire a future generation of young scientists to continue working on the brain.

CNS Foundation is supporting Brain Awareness Week through the growth of the Pediatric Brain Mapping Project. Our goal is to add 10,000 new names to the Pediatric Brain Mapping Project by the end of brain Awareness Week on March 16th. 

The Pediatric Brain Mapping Project is an initiative to identify the millions of children and young adults living with one of the more than 600 different pediatric neurological conditions, the organizations that support them, and the laboratories doing work on the developing brain. This population is invisible and underrepresented. It’s critical that we make their presence and our organizations known to policy makers, pharmaceutical companies, and all the other funders of science who often ignore the importance of studying the developing brain.

The Map creates a focal point for uniting and mobilizing patient advocacy efforts and will lay the groundwork for a Natural History Database of Pediatric Neurological Diseases that scientists can use to find treatments and cures. 

Join the Map today! If you’ve already joined the Map, take some time and share the Map with your networks- Facebook, Twitter, and other related online communities to increase the impact of the Map!

Share the Pediatric Brain Mapping Project here.

To learn more about Brain Awareness Week, visit their website, Facebook, and Twitter.

To discover events happening near you, visit their events page here.