2019 Brain Awareness Week March 11 – 17

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. BAW unites the efforts of partner organizations from around the world in a week-long celebration of the brain every March.

BAW began in 1996 was founded by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives (DABI) and the European Dana Alliance for the Brain (EDAB), and is coordinated by The Dana Foundation.

BAW began to bring together diverse groups with different interests from academia, government, and professional and advocacy organizations. The goal was to unite them with the common theme that brain research is the hope for treatments, preventions, and possible cures for brain diseases and disorders and to ensure a better quality of life at all ages.


While exercise, eating right, and keeping the mind engaged can help the brain stay healthy, habitual use of recreational drugs can lead to brain disease. Drugs change how the brain function which can lead addiction. Addiction is a complicated disease of the brain in which people use drugs compulsively. Addiction has devastating effects on overall health, interpersonal relationships, and quality of life.

Below are some resources and valuable information to help you understand how the brain works, and how substance use and mental health affects the brain. Please download and share these resources with your family and friends and visit BAW.


  1. BAW Brochure
  2. Science of Addiction
  3. The Addicted Brain
  4. Brain Research

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