Sackler Educational Laboratory

Brain Awareness Weekend: Animal Models in Neuroscience: from flies to worms to humans

March 14, 2015 - March 15, 2015

Brain neon

Sleeping fruit flies. Worms that wiggle and socialize. Humans share a striking array of behavioral and functional similarities with other animals. Scientists use these basic similarities as guides for understanding the inner workings of the human brain. Studying the nervous systems of flies and worms has greatly advanced our understanding of how our own brains work. Animal models in neuroscience have enabled exploration of even the most complex neural functions with unprecedented cellular, genetic, and molecular resolution.
Join us for Brain Awareness Weekend in the Sackler Educational Laboratory where we will explore how little critters have had a big impact on brain science. Neuroscientists will be on hand to show visitors experiments with living fruit flies and worms. We will have a real human brain on display, in addition to activities that explore the anatomy and cellular biology of human and other animal brains.

March 14-15th, 12-5pm
Free with museum admission

The Museum greatly acknowledges The Mortimer D. Sackler Foundation, Inc. for its support to establish The Sackler Brain Bench, part of the Museum's Sackler Educational Laboratory, in the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins, offering ongoing programs and resources for adults, teachers, and students to illuminate the extraordinary working of the human brain.