Second Annual University of Miami Brain Fair a Resounding Success

Researchers at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis helped educate children and families about the brain and spinal cord at the second annual University of Miami Brain Fair on March 19 at the Miami Science Museum.

The free community event, organized by Coleen Atkins, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurological surgery, was attended by more than 1,000 people. With the help of more than 150 UM students, faculty members and staff, children of all ages learned about sports injury concussion prevention, built neurons, played with brain puzzles, and enjoyed face painting. For the adults, lectures were presented by UM neuroscientists and clinicians specializing in autism, sleep disorders, brain injury and Alzheimer’s disease.

“Parents were thanking us and raving about the event,” said Dr. Atkins. “They were impressed with the large number of educators at each booth. To be able to educate the public is very rewarding.”

As a way to promote bike safety, The Pilot Club of Miami distributed 590 free bike helmets to children.

The event served as a great teaching opportunity for the local community, and another event is planned for next year.

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