Vanderbilt celebrates Brain Awareness Month

A special lecture by Randy Blakely, Ph.D., executive director FAU Brain Institute kicks off activities celebrating Brain Awareness Month at Vanderbilt. Blakely’s talk, “When Cocaine Just Won’t Do: ADHD and Serotonin-Dopamine Crosstalk,” will be held Thursday, March 14, 10 a.m., in 214 Light Hall.

Vanderbilt graduate students worked with faculty advisors to develop a series of campus events celebrating brain awareness as part of a nationwide effort of the Society for Neuroscience to promote the benefits of brain research. Brain Blast, an extensive hands-on experience aimed at children, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 16, at the Downtown Nashville Public Library.

Paul A. Rosenberg, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of neurology, Harvard University will deliver the Brain Awareness Month keynote address Wednesday, March 27.  His talk, “Distinct roles for glutamate transporters expressed in neurons and astrocytes,” begins at 4:10 p.m. in MRB III, Room 1220.

The events, which are all free and open to the public, are sponsored by the Vanderbilt Brain Institute.

For more information about this year’s Brain Awareness events, contact Beth Sims at or 615-936-3705.