Who We Are
The Neuroscience department at the University of Texas at Austin offers world-class research programs and is committed to excellence in education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We have nationally prominent programs in the neurobiology of learning and memory, addiction, brain trauma, mental health, and epilepsy. As a whole, the research programs within the department provide unparalleled training, prepare our graduates to be the next generation of leaders in the field, and are making major contributions to the understanding of normal and abnormal brain function.
What We're Fundraising For
A Conversation on the Brain is a public outreach program sponsored by the Department of Neuroscience at UT Austin. The purpose of UT Brainstorms is to connect with the public, to inform and educate about neuroscience research and the influences it has on our daily lives. We seek a two-way conversation where we share our expertise about the brain and we listen to what it means in people’s lives and to the challenges they face as it relates to the brain. We believe that one component of a world-class neuroscience program is connecting effectively and productively with the community in which it exists.
The format of UT Brainstorms is designed to foster communication. It is a free monthly event, which was previously held on the UT Austin campus, but transitioned to a virtual format in 2020 due to the pandemic. Each event consists of a 35-40 minute presentation by a UT faculty member followed by an hour of questions and answers with the speaker and a small panel of experts. These sessions have been live-streamed on our YouTube channel, where they are also saved for future viewing.
When UT Brainstorms returns to an in-person format on the UT campus later in 2021, our goal is to be able to continue Live-streaming the events to our YouTube page, as we have done this past year. We have been able to reach many more people and communities since our events have gone virtual in 2020, and we are hoping to maintain connections and realtime interactions during our Q&A sessions with those that aren't able to attend in person due to distance or other reasons. The funds raised would allow UT Brainstorms to be both recorded and live-streamed from the UT campus. If we are successful with our campaign, our public outreach program will be available to a much wider audience, allowing them to view and participate live, increasing their knowledge and understanding of the brain and how it impacts their lives.