Scores of scientists and students will gather at Brown University March 25 to present more than 120 brain science research projects. Columbia University Nobel laureate Dr. Richard Axel, who studies the neuroscience of smell, will deliver a keynote lecture at 1 p.m.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Brown University and its affiliated hospitals will celebrate brain science research March 25, 2015, by packing Sayles Hall with more than 120 research poster presentations. Following that, 2004 Nobel Prize co-recipeint Dr. Richard Axel of Columbia University will talk about his research on the neuroscience of smell.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m. the second annual Mind Brain Research Day will feature basic and clinical research from all corners of the Brown Institute for Brain Science. Topics range from investigations of how the healthy brain works to new insights into the genetics, neurophysiology, and treatment of brain diseases, to the psychology at play in child development, weight loss, and substance abuse.

At 1 p.m. the event moves next door to the Salomon Center for Axel’s keynote address, “Order from Disorder: Internal Representations of the Olfactory World.”

The event is open to the public.


  • Faculty, staff and students who conduct brain science research at Brown University and affiliated hospitals
  • Dr. Richard Axel, 2004 Nobel laureate, University Professor at Columbia University, co-director of the Mind Brain Behavior Initiative, Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, and member of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science


  • A poster session featuring more than 120 recent and current brain science research projects
  • Keynote lecture by Dr. Richard Axel

The event is sponsored by the Brown Institute for Brain Science, the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute (NPNI), the Departments of Neurology; Neurosurgery; Neuroscience; Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology and Biotechnology (MPPB); and Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Wednesday March 25, 2015
Poster session: 10:30 p.m.- 12:45 p.m.
Lecture: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Poster session: Sayles Hall
Lecture: Salomon Center for Teaching
The College Green, Brown University