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Interactive Brain Exhibit Scheduled to Arrive at the MOST in September

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The MOST is about to allow visitors to get inside their own heads by examining how the brain functions and the many neurological disorders and diseases being treated locally.  BRAIN: The World Inside Your Head will open in September. 

The museum’s Chief Program Officer Peter Plumley says the 70 components of the exhibit points to a very serious realization to consider.

“… That there are brain disorders.  They’re not to be stigmatized, they are to be analyzed and understood.  So, there’s a strong, positive medical message in this exhibit for all.  Ultimately, we will all feel some aspects of brain disorder.”

Plumley says one of the 30 interactive portions of the exhibit shows how the brain fires neurons and how those electrical signals travel.  He compares it to the way Upstate Medical University can provide imaging of the brain to its patients.  Hospital CEO, Dr. Robert Corona also envisions the exhibit as a powerful messaging tool to bring awareness about neurological treatment options and ongoing research.

“We study what happens to human beings when something goes wrong with the brain.  I also think it’s exciting to start to study to how to potentiate the human brain.  Make it learn more quickly, recover more quickly.  We want to make people aware of what we have available in this community… and we want to turn on young minds to be the future of people who take care of the human brain.”

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(L-R) Upstate Medical University Interim President Dr. Mantosh Dewan and Hospital CEO Dr. Robert Corona.

The exhibit features 3-D reproductions and special effects and will also examine how drugs affect the brain.  BRAIN: The World Inside Your Head is scheduled to launch on September 21st and run through Martin Luther King Day 2020 at the MOST in Armory Square.

John Smith has been waking up WAER listeners for a long time as our Local Co-Host of Morning Edition with timely news and information, working alongside student Sportscasters from the Newhouse School.