Brain Blast kicks off Brain Awareness Month

WHAT? Brain Blast 2014

WHO? Kids from Kindergarten to 8th grade and anyone curious about the brain

WHEN? Saturday, March 1st, from 9 AM to 1 PM (Free and open to the public!)

WHERE? Vanderbilt Health, One Hundred Oaks, 719 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN 37204, Entrance D, 1st floor

From Bill Snyder of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Reporter, “Brain Blast,” a half day of free, hands-on activities for children and adults, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 1, at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks, 719 Thompson Lane.

On the first floor of Entrance D, Vanderbilt University students and neuroscientists help participants “build a neuron,” experiment with DNA, and touch a real brain.

“Brain Blast” is a highlight of Vanderbilt’s annual Brain Awareness Month, sponsored by the Vanderbilt Brain Institute to raise awareness about brain disorders and neuroscience research.

The public is invited to attend two other free “Brainstorm” events. See more at the Reporter:



This year, 2013 SERPENT student Matthew Defenderfer joined the Neuroscience Students Organization and members of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute at Brain Blast 2014.  Matthew presented the outreach materials he prepared as part of the summer research program.  As posted in the VUMC Reporter, the March 1 Brain Blast event at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks, sponsored by the Vanderbilt Brain Institute, attracted 268 children and about 100 adults to free, hands-on activities. See more at http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2014/03/brain-blast/

2014 Brain Blast

8-year-old Liam Aaronson extracts DNA from strawberries, assisted by his father, Oran Aaronson, M.D., center, and Ronald Emeson, Ph.D.
(photo by Anne Rayner)