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March 2019

Providence Brain Art Fair

March 9, 2019 @ 5:00 am - 9:00 am EST
Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art (RIMOSA), 763 Westminster St
Providence, RI United States
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Come join us for the third annual Brain Art Fair! The event is open to any and all who are interested in science or art or both. The fair encourages individuals to explore the relationship between two disciplines, bringing them together to create a fun depiction of the brain and its mysteries. The fair will be hosted at the Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art, which aims to "Maintain a physical space for multi-generational learners to explore, experiment, and…

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Opening Reception

March 9, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am EST
Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art, 763 Westminster St.
Providence, RI 02903 United States
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Join us for a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception as we celebrate the opening of the 4th consecutive Brain Week Rhode Island. Meet our sponsors, view brain-inspired art, participate in drawing workshops, and enjoy free entry to the RI Museum of Science and Art (fun for kids and adults alike!). The reception follows our keynote lecture Opioids: Health, Policy & Neuroscience, which will be held from 12:00-1:30 at the Providence Career and Technical Academy (across the street). 11:00-2:00 Open exhibit…

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Opioids: Health, Policy & Neuroscience

March 9, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST
Providence Career & Technical Academy, 41 Fricker St.
Providence, RI 02903 United States
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Join us for a discussion on the nationwide opioid epidemic. Our panelists are uniquely positioned to converse about the various aspects of the epidemic. What are the current health concerns and how do we address them? What does this mean for public policy? And in a special Brain Week edition, what is the biological basis of addiction and what does it mean for human behavior in general? Our panelists will speak about their respective specialties and will take audience questions…

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Join the Fight Against Alzheimer’s!

March 11, 2019 @ 1:45 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
Metcalf Research Building, 190 Thayer St.
Providence, RI 02912 United States
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GeneMatch Swab Party and Presentation Join the fight against Alzheimer's disease with Butler Hospital's Memory & Aging Program and Brain Week RI. Stephen Salloway, MD, MS, director of the Memory and Aging Program at Butler Hospital and Martin M. Zucker Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University will present on Alzheimer’s disease and new breakthroughs in research starting at 5:45 pm. Eligible attendees will be invited to complete a GeneMatch cheek swab on site for Alzheimer’s research following…

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Exploring Fear and Social Connection Through the Sciences

March 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Nonviolence Institute, 265 Oxford Street
Providence, RI United States
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This event will explore fear, interpersonal conflict, and social connection through an interdisciplinary lens, giving us the tools to apply these concepts to solving the problems we face in our communities in the mold of the Institute’s philosophy. We will begin with a meet-and-greet portion, during which light refreshments will be served and guests will have the chance to learn about current research around these topics in the form of posters and hands-on activities. Subsequently, guests will hear a series…

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Understanding and Preventing Suicide

March 13, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
Hazeltine Commons in the Engineering Research Center at Brown University, 345 Brook St.
Providence, RI 02912 United States
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Suicide is 10th leading cause of death in the United states and rates of suicide have increased over the last 10 years. This event will bring together health professionals (a psychiatrist and two psychologists) who are also researchers and a military veteran who has experienced suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Our goals are to educate all attendees about suicide and related behaviors in a panel discussion. The panel will address suicide, risk factors, and cutting-edge treatments from the perspective of researchers,…

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Story Collider: Brain Edition

March 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Comedy Connection, 39 Warren Avenue
East Providence, RI 02906 United States
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$12

From finding awe in Hubble images to visiting the doctor, science is everywhere in our lives. Whether we wear a white lab coat or haven’t seen a test tube since the eighth grade, science affects and changes us. We all have a story about science, and at Story Collider we hear and share those stories. Join us for a special Brain Week Rhode Island edition of Story Collider where you’ll hear five true, personal stories about our brains, minds, and…

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Dance for All People: Dance for Aging and Movement Challenges

March 14, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am EDT
Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University, 154 Angell St.
Providence, RI 02906 United States
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Join our intergenerational dance class and experience the joy of moving -- for All People!!! DAPpers dance class is associated with Brown's undergraduate course called Artists and Scientists as Partners (ASaP). In this class, students and anyone with mobility challenges, including people with Parkinson's disease, experience the profound joy possible when you dance.

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Superfoods for the Gut and Brain

March 14, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
Room 100 at the URI Richard E. Beaupre Center for Chemical & Forensic Sciences, 140 Flagg Rd.
Kingston, RI 02881 United States
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Come learn more about how berries, maple syrup, and other plant-based “superfoods” can prevent inflammation and protect the brain as you age. URI College of Pharmacy Professor Navindra Seeram is nationally known for his research on the gut and brain health connection. Dr. Navindra Seeram: Dr. Navindra Seeram is a Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Rhode Island. Prior to this, he was the Assistant Director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition…

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Movie Screening: Trainspotting (1996)

March 14, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:40 pm EDT
Friedman Hall 102, Brown University, Friedman Hall Brown University
Providence, RI 02912 United States
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Join Brown University Film Forum for a screening of Trainspotting, one of cinema’s most compelling portrayals of drug addiction. Free and open to all, pizza will be provided. Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus (90%): A brutal, often times funny, other times terrifying portrayal of drug addiction in Edinburgh. Not for the faint of heart, but well worth viewing as a realistic and entertaining reminder of the horrors of drug use. Capacity: 102 Format: Movie screening Ages: Adults, Young adult friendly (high…

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Neuro-Advocacy Forum: Making a Difference and Making Your Voice Heard

March 15, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
George Auditorium @ Rhode Island Hospital, 593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903 United States
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One out of six Americans is impacted by neurologic disease. Chances are, you or someone you know has experienced a neurologic disease such as migraine, stroke, seizures, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's dementia, or multiple sclerosis. That's why advocating for brain health, brain diseases, and brain research is so important. Come to the Brain Week RI "Neuro-Advocacy Forum," featuring opening remarks by Senator Jack Reed and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. Listen to experts give advice on how to get started in advocacy and how…

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Active Minds: Stress Less Event

March 15, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Sydney Frank Hall, 185 Meeting Street
Providence, RI 02906 United States
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Join Brown University's Active Minds club on Friday, March 15 from 3-5pm in the lobby of the Sydney Frank building for an afternoon of de-stressing! There will be stress ball making, five-minute massages by the Brown University Relaxation Project (BURP), cookie decorating, and more fun ways to de-stress!

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URI Brain Fair 2019

March 16, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT
University of Rhode Island, 7 Greenhouse Road
Kingston, RI 02881 United States
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The third annual URI Brain Fair includes interactive exhibits, talks, and special events to educate and inspire about the brain. Come learn about your amazing brain and how you can keep it healthy, with interactive learning stations, talks, giveaways, and special events -- including a 3D brain tour and a mid-day brain circus. This year's event includes more than 30 exhibitors! Hop on a surfboard and learn about balance Meet the machine-learning robots of the URI Artifical Intelligence Lab No hands! Control…

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Through Our Eyes: Visual and Performing Arts by People with Autism

March 16, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
The Museum of Work and Culture, 42 S. Main Street
Woonsocket, RI United States
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The Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket and the RI Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment invite you to join us for art and refreshments. With the art show, we want to highlight the creativity and talent of people with autism while having a unique opportunity to see the world through their eyes. For this year, we will get to see their unique perspective on animals and the human-animal bond. The show is curated by Hartford, CT based artist…

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Brown Brain Fair 2019

March 17, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT
Engineering Research Center Lobby, 345 Brook St.
Providence, RI 02906 United States
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Come discover the human brain! Ever wonder how we learn and remember? How do optical illusions work? Come hold a real preserved brain or peer at neurons through a microscope. Check out “brains in a dish” or try your hand at an EEG recording. Experience virtual reality or make original digital art using your own brain waves! Younger kids can enjoy crafts, games, tasty treats, and face painting. At the Brown Brain Fair you’ll find more than 20 labs, organizations,…

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Migraine Symposium- Non CME Program

March 30, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
Salomon Center for Teaching at Brown University, 85 Waterman St.
Providence, RI 02912 United States
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$10

Non-CME Community Program 12:00 - 1:30 pm - New Innovations in Care Richard Kraig, MD Blake Gurfein, PhD Jason Cook, MD Shivang Joshi, MD, MPH, RPh 12:00 - 1:30 pm - New Innovations in Care Richard Kraig, MD – Co-founder/CSO of Seurat Therapeutics, Inc. Novel nasal spray of Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 Blake Gurfein, PhD - Engineer, VP Research & Scientific Affairs, Tivic Health Neuromodulation around the eye Jason Cook, MD - Founder/CEO of Relaspen - intranasal device for SPG…

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Migraine Symposium- CME Program

March 30, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
Salomon Center for Teaching at Brown University, 85 Waterman St.
Providence, RI 02912 United States
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$25

CME Program Program Description: Migraine is a highly complex disease that impacts more than 39 million people in the U.S. We know that up to half of people with migraine have not been diagnosed properly and many are not receiving optimal treatment. This symposium features three panel discussions that include prominent headache and migraine clinicians, and researchers from around the country. Our goals are to increase medical providers’ knowledge and ability to effectively diagnose and treat migraine disease and to…

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Migraine Symposium Awards Dinner

March 30, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
Sayles Hall, Brown University, The College Green, accessed via archway, 75 Waterman St.
Providence, RI 02912 United States
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An evening to strengthen the migraine community and to honor some special people working to improve the lives of those living with migraine. 6:00 pm Cocktails 7:00 pm Dinner Innovation Award Winners: From The Carney Institute for Brain Science - Diane Lipscombe, PhD - Chris Moore, PhD - Carl Saab, PhD - Julie Kauer, PhD Impact Award Winner: Cathy Glaser, Migraine Research Foundation Advocacy Award Winners: Jodie Epstein - Danielle Fancher - Ashley S Hattle

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February 2020

Brainy School Visits (K-12)

February 1 - March 22
Free

To discuss a visit to your school please email C. Paula Lewis-de los Angeles at BrainWeekRI@gmail.com.  

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March 2020

Through Our Eyes Art Exhibit

March 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
The Museum of Work and Culture, 42 S. Main Street
Woonsocket, RI United States
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Join us for art and refreshments! The annual Through Our Eyes exhibit highlights the creativity and talent of people on the autism spectrum. The Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket, the RI Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment, and the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute invite you to join us for art and refreshments! The annual Through Our Eyes exhibit highlights the creativity and talent of people on the autism spectrum, and gives visitors a unique opportunity to see…

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Opening Lecture: BWRI 2020

March 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
Providence Career & Technical Academy, 41 Fricker St.
Providence, RI 02903 United States
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Join us and Ned Block, Ph.D.  for our keynote lecture, "What Makes Us Human?  The Mind, The Brain and Artificial Intelligence".  Dr. Block is a professor of Philosophy and Psychology at New York University and is a recipient of the Jean Nicod Prize.  He has made important contributions to the understanding of consciousness and the philosophy of cognitive science.

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Opening Reception: BWRI 2020

March 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Rhode Island Museum of Science and Art, 763 Westminster St.
Providence, RI 02903 United States
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Meet our sponsors, view brain-inspired art, participate in drawing workshops and enjoy free entry to the RI Museum of Science and Art (fun for kids and adults alike!). The reception follows our keynote lecture, "What Makes Us Human? The Mind, The Brain and Artificial Intelligence", which will be held from 4:00-6:00 pm at the Providence Career and Technical Academy, 41 Fricker Street, Providence, RI (across the street).

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Brown Brain Fair 2020

March 15 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT
Hazeltine Commons in the Engineering Research Center at Brown University, 345 Brook St.
Providence, RI 02912 United States
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Come discover the human brain! Ever wonder how we learn and remember? How do optical illusions work? Come hold a real preserved brain or peer at neurons through a microscope. Check out “brains in a dish” or try your hand at an EEG recording. Experience virtual reality or make original digital art using your own brain waves! Younger kids can enjoy crafts, games, tasty treats, and face painting. At the Brown Brain Fair you’ll find more than 20 labs, organizations,…

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The Psychology of Evil

March 16 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Ruane Friar Development Center, Room 105, Providence College, 1 Cunningham Square, Ruane 105
Providence, RI 02908
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The human brain creates every thought, movement, and memory we have ever had. It enables the enduring capacity for both connection with other humans and to something greater than ourselves. It has led to all beautiful forms of art and literature ever produced, allowed us to discover our solar system and beyond, and it is likely that uncovering its mysteries will someday cure all neuropsychiatric disease. Unfortunately, it also creates human psychology that has an innate capacity for evil, especially…

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Fitness for Your Brain: An Interactive Workshop

March 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
Newman Branch YMCA, 472 Taunton Ave.
Seekonk, MA 02771 United States
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Did you know there are things you can do to help keep your brain fit and healthy as you age, just like there are for your body? Register for free now to join brain health experts from Butler Hospital's Memory and Aging Program at the Newman Branch YMCA for this interactive workshop and: 1. Learn the eight pillars of brain health. 2. Find out how healthy lifestyle interventions could help pave the way for the prevention of Alzheimer's disease. 3. Participate in…

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Story Collider: Brain Edition 2020

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Comedy Connection, 39 Warren Avenue
East Providence, RI 02906 United States
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$12

Join us for an evening of five true, personal stories about how science shapes our lives, with a special focus on brains! The Story Collider believes that now, more than ever, science is a part of everyone’s lives — whether they’re physicists or comedians, neuroscientists or lawyers, geologists or cops, doctors or bankers. Those stories, whether heartbreaking or hilarious, have the power to transform the way we think about science and whom it belongs to. Featuring five true, personal stories…

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Can Robots Fall In Love?: Ex Machina Movie & Panel

March 17 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
College of Arts and Sciences, Room 157, Roger Williams University Campus, One Old Ferry Road
Bristol, RI 02809
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Come enjoy pizza, a movie, and a panel, all while learning if robots can fall in love! Ex Machina, earning 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, and winning an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, tells the story of a programmer who wins a contest to spend a week with the CEO of his company. While there, Caleb meets Ava, the first AI woman who is both beautiful and sophisticated. The question arises, just how intelligent is Ava? RWU Brain Club presents…

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Brain & AI: The Good, The Bad & The Unknown

March 17 @ 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
Smith-Buonanno Hall, Room #106, Brown University, 95 Cushing Street
Providence, RI 02912 United States
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Join us for a panel discussion about how AI technology is impacting research and human lives. Artificial intelligence (AI) is all around us, from smart devices to “Hey, Alexa/Google/Siri.” Are you interested in knowing more about AI, its potential and how ethics and policies are keeping up? Join Brown University's Carney Institute for Brain Science for a panel discussion on how AI technology is impacting research and human lives. This event will feature Brown professors Thomas Serre, Oriel FeldmanHall and…

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Mindfulness in Practice, in the Brain, and in the Clinic

March 18 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
Hazeltine Commons in the Engineering Research Center at Brown University, 345 Brook St.
Providence, RI 02912 United States
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Mindfulness-based treatments are emerging as additional intervention options for individuals struggling with various psychiatric disorders, such as posttraumatic stress disorder, major depressive disorder, and addiction. This event will bring together researchers and health professionals who have extensive experience with mindfulness in research and in clinical settings. The panel will explore the underlying brain mechanisms supporting mindfulness, current research practices, as well as existing and potential future clinical applications of mindfulness techniques. Join us for a panel-style discussion followed by a…

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Trauma and the Brain

March 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
Pearl Street Lofts, 304 Pearl Street, Suite 100
Providence, RI 02907 United States
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Brain Week Rhode Island and Sojourner House present a collaborative panel to open up dialogue between science, advocacy, and the community. Specifically, we will cover these topics: Biological effects of childhood trauma; How to assess trauma in children, adolescents, and young adults; How to mitigate trauma (discussion/ workshop); And more! Our panelists will include: Kevin Bath, PhD who's research lab focuses on understanding how adverse experiences early in life alter the trajectory of neural development and genetic mechanisms supporting those…

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Dance for All People: Dance for Aging and Movement Challenges

March 19 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am EDT
Ashamu Dance Studio, 83 Waterman Street
Providence, RI 02912
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Come join us in a Dance Class for All Ages!! Be ready to: Increase coordination and flexibility while releasing body tension Improve balance and gait, strengthen your core, feel power and grace in your movements. Enhance awareness of your body and vitality through movement. Breathe more deeply and vocalize more fully. Experience a wide variety and range of inspiring music. Feel supported as you explore in a safe and comfortable environment. Socialize within a friendly and supportive community. No experience…

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Overcoming Fear and Trauma: A Community Conversation

March 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Nonviolence Institute, 265 Oxford Street
Providence, RI United States
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The Nonviolence Institute’s (NVI) mission is to teach, by word and example, the principles and practices of nonviolence, and to foster a community that addresses potentially violent situations with nonviolent solutions. It works to build Dr. King’s ideal of the nonviolent Beloved Community. Brain Week Rhode Island was created by Cure Alliance for Mental Illness, a national advocacy organization promoting increased research on mental illnesses. By combining this science with its vast creative capital, Brain Week RI showcases the work…

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Screening of Ex Machina

March 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
Friedman Hall 102, Brown University, Friedman Hall Brown University
Providence, RI 02912 United States
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Join us for snacks and a film screening! As you learn more about real-life artificial intelligence this week, why not explore how it’s been treated in works of fiction? Ex Machina (2014) is one of the most acclaimed science fiction films of the 2010s, and Brown University Film Forum (BUFF) and Brain Week RI are giving you the chance to see it on the big screen again.

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Smith Hill Brain Fest

March 20 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
Smith Hill Library-Providence Community Library, 31 Candace Street
Providence, RI 02908 United States
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What can we do about brain health? What does brain health even mean? Come find out! Join our interactive fair, featuring a collection of research scientists and clinicians as we discuss, show and play around with brain health topics like self-care for all ages, aging healthy and mental health. All ages welcome and encouraged to participate, what does brain health mean to you and what can we do about it?

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URI Brain Fair 2020

March 21 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT
University of Rhode Island, 7 Greenhouse Road
Kingston, RI 02881 United States
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A family-friendly celebration of the brain, including interactive demos, hands-on activities, educational talks, and a mid-day Brain Circus. Our annual Brain Fair is a fun-for-all-ages event! Come be entertained, inspired, and enlightened as you learn about your amazing brain. Every year we add new features and welcome back popular favorites, including robots from the A.I. Lab, VR and smart technology demos, crafts, and brain games.

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