Media Advisory: URI Brain Fair, March 16, Kingston Campus

Part of Brain Week Rhode Island, the URI Brain Fair will feature 3-D tours of the brain, AI robots and more

Media Contact: Nicole Maranhas, 401-874-2368 |

WHO: The George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience at URI is hosting its third annual URI Brain Fair. The event is presented in collaboration with researchers, faculty and students from departments and colleges across the campus, including engineering, health sciences, pharmacy and psychology. Representatives from hospitals and brain health organizations throughout the state will also take part in the event.

WHAT: Part of Brain Week Rhode Island, the URI Brain Fair offers free, family-friendly activities and nearly 30 informational and interactive exhibits for those interested in exploring brain science and health. This year’s Brain Fair brings back a number of past favorites, including 3D tours of the brain, brain-computer interface demonstrations, a simulated “surfing” activity and a simulated dementia experience for adults. New activities and exhibits, including a hands-on experience with robots as part of a machine-learning demonstration presented by the URI Artificial Intelligence Lab, will also take place.

The Brain Fair will also feature a mid-day brain circus, live music and giveaways and will include informational sessions on sleep and dreams, child development and the upcoming BEACON Study, URI’s pioneering clinical trial for a new drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease.

WHEN: Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: The URI Brain Fair will be held in two adjacent buildings on the Kingston campus, the Avedesian Hall (College of Pharmacy), 7 Greenhouse Road, and the Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences (College of the Environment and Life Sciences), 120 Flagg Road.

To make media coverage arrangements, contact Nicole Maranhas, The George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience, at 401.874.368 or nmaranhas@uri.edu.