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Bell Live: Learn about developing brains! (Brain Awareness Week)

Friday | March 19, 2021 | 11:00 am11:30 am


March 15-21 is Brain Awareness Week! Meet Dr. Anita Randolph, neuroscientist, educator, and community activist. Dr. Randolph studies the effects of addiction on brain function as well as the cognitive development of adolescents. In her current role as the Director of Community Engagement and Education for the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB) at the University of Minnesota, she partners with community organizations to develop and implement early interventions aimed at the brain health of children and adolescents.

Learn about Dr. Randolph’s path to brain research, her current work at MIDB, and what we can all do to develop and maintain healthy brains.


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Anita Randolph, PhD, has been named Director of Community Engagement and Education for the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB). Randolph has extensive experience in community outreach and community organizing, and she is a trained neuroscientist whose research focuses on methamphetamine addiction to elucidate differences in brain function between people with and without a history of substance abuse using MRI imaging modalities.


Want to learn more about human and animal brains? Visit the Bell Museum! Check out the Touch and See Lab to explore Amazing Animal Brains and Mysteries of Your Brain, an original Bell Museum planetarium production that takes you on an animated adventure inside the human brain.


This special presentation is in support of Brain Awareness Week, a global campaign to foster public enthusiasm and support for brain science, March 15-21, 2021.  The Institute of Child Development, Department of Neuroscience, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Department of Psychology, and Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain are collaborating to celebrate Brain Awareness Week 2021 at the University of Minnesota. 

Check out the Brain Awareness Week website for more information, to watch videos on brain-related projects, and to read about UMN “Brains in the News.”

Follow along on social media using #UMNBrains.


Support for the Bell’s virtual programming during Brain Awareness Week is supported by Boston Scientific.

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Friday | March 19, 2021
11:00 am–11:30 am
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