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Upstate partners with the MOST to bring traveling brain exhibit to Syracuse

Upstate Medical University partners with the Museum of Science and Technology to bring traveling brain exhibit to Syracuse.


Upstate Medical University is partnering with the Milton J. Rubeinstein Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) to explore the human brain and help break stigmas surrounding brain-related disorders.

Upstate Interim President Mantosh Dewan, MD, and Upstate University Hospital CEO Robert Corona, MD, joined executives from the MOST Tuesday, Aug. 13 at the museum in Syracuse to reveal plans to host the international touring exhibit BRAIN: The World Inside Your Head, which has been featured in 72 STEM- and science-focused centers around the world. The exhibit is a collaboration of the National Institutes for Health, National Institute for Mental Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Designed to provide MOST visitors of all ages an opportunity to learn more about the brain, the exhibit features virtual reality components, video  games, optical illusions, and interactive displays highlighting brain functions and showing how—like other parts of the body—the brain can sometimes malfunction. Hands-on learning activities will allow visitors to delve into the inner workings of the brain, learning secrets of sleep and dreams, and the causes and cures of disorders, diseases, and mental illness.

Peter Plumley, PhD, chief program officer at the MOST says one goal of the exhibit is to emphasize that brain-based conditions can and should be treated like any other physical disease or condition. “One third of American families have a family member with a brain-related disorder. Because brain-related illnesses can be difficult to understand and are often stigmatized, family members may find it difficult to discuss these issues openly,” said Plumley.

A perfect partnership was found with Upstate Medical University, the only academic medical center in the Central New York region. “Upstate is delighted to participate in this innovative exhibit—especially as our own activities related to the brain and brain health are found across our mission of education, research and patient care. As educators committed to this community, we are thrilled to support the mission of Syracuse’s Museum of Science and Technology,” said Upstate Interim President Mantosh Dewan.

Upstate University Hospital CEO Robert Corona’s career began with the study of the brain. “Supporting an exhibit that not only generates excitement by learning more about the brain, but also offers insight into how to protect our brains and improve brain health is thrilling for us,” said Corona. Corona lauded Upstate University Hospital’s clinical services dedicated to the brain, including a concussion program for young athletes, a Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease, a trauma center, and an entire floor dedicated to treating patients with a myriad of brain injuries. Corona said he hopes this exhibit will inspire the next generation of health care experts.

Lauren Kochian, president of MOST, says the exhibit will “offer an experience adults and children can enjoy together. Visitors of all ages will walk away learning something new about the brain we carry around with us each and every day.”

The exhibit will open to the public Saturday, Sept. 21 and will run until Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. For museum hours and pricing, visit www.most.org.

Caption: Officials from Upstate, the MOST, and the city of Syracuse gathered Aug. 13 to announce a partnership to deliver a traveling exhibit dedicated to the brain to the Syracuse museum. The exhibit will open Sept. 21 and run through Jan. 20. Pictured from left to right are: Irv Lyons, Jr., MOST chief development officer; Peter Plumley, PhD, MOST chief program officer; Mantosh Dewan, MD, interim president of Upstate Medical University; Leah Caldwell, assistant vice president of marketing at Upstate; Robert Corona, MD, chief executive officer at Upstate University Hospital; and Joseph Driscoll, Syracuse city councilman.