Brain Health Fair



The 2014 Brain Health Fair, presented by the American Brain Foundation, will take place on Saturday, April 26 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA in Hall A.

The Brain Health Fair is a FREE, daylong family event connecting thousands of patients, families, and caregivers affected by a brain disease, as well as the general public interested in brain health. Participants can attend classes held by top neurologists and activities on Alzheimer's disease, stroke, Parkinson's disease, traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, headache, multiple sclerosis, child development, peripheral neuropathy and other types of brain disease.

Each year the Brain Health Fair is scheduled during the opening day of the American Academy of Neurology's Annual Meeting, which brings over 12,000 neurologists and health care professionals into a participating U.S. city.

In honor of the event, Mayor Michael A. Nutter has proclaimed Saturday, April 26, 2014, as Brain Health Awareness Day in the city of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Convention Center, Hall A

Find directions to the Brain Health Fair here.

2014 Brain Health Fair Topics and Featured Speakers

Alzheimer's Disease

Rachelle S. Doody MD, PhD, FAAN - Houston, TX


Linda M. Selwa MD, FAAN - Ann Arbor, MI
Cynthia Harden MD - Great Neck, NY
Kimford Meador MD, FAAN - Stanford, CA
Brian Litt, MD - Philadelphia, PA


David Dodick MD - Phoenix, AZ
Gretchen Tietjen MD - Toledo, OH
William B. Young MD, FAAN - Philadelphia, PA

Multiple Sclerosis

David Tabby DO, FAAN - Philadelphia, PA
Brenda Banwell MD - Philadelphia, PA
Clyde Markowitz MD - Philadelphia, PA
Michelle Fabian MD - New York, NY

Parkinson's Disease

Cynthia Comella MD, FAAN - Chicago, IL
Lisa Shulman MD, FAAN - Baltimore, MD
Janis Miyasaki MD, FAAN - Edmonton, AB
Matthew Stern MD, FAAN - Philadelphia, PA

Traumatic Brain Injury

Jack W. Tsao MD, DPhil, FAAN - Bethesda, MD
Geoffrey Ling MD, FAAN - Bethesda, MD
Douglas H. Smith MD - Philadelphia, PA


Pierre Fayad MD, FAAN, FAHA - Omaha, NE
Michael T. Mullen MD - Philadelphia, PA

Child Development

Lawrence W. Brown MD - Philadelphia, PA
Ann Tilton MD, FAAN - New Orleans, LA
Yolanda Holler MD - Lubbock, TX

Peripheral Neuropathy

Austin Sumner MD, FAAN - New Orleans, LA
Brian Callaghan MD - Ann Arbor, MI
Raymond Price MD - Philadelphia, PA

Event Program from the 2014 Brain Health Fair

Advances in Neurology
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Hear from the best and brightest in neurology, bringing attendees up–to–speed on the latest discoveries and new directions in neurologic medicine relevant to patient outcomes.

Fattah Neuroscience Initiative

  • Congressman Chaka Fattah, 2nd District of Pennsylvania

Neurologists Planning Tomorrow's Treatments: News from the AAN Meeting in Philadelphia this week

  • Linda M. Selwa, MD, FAAN | Ann Arbor, MI

Brain Imaging Research in Neurologic Disease

  • John C. Mazziotta, MD, PhD, FAAN, Chair, American Brain Foundation | Los Angeles, CA

Discovery Zone and Exhibit Hall
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Patients, caregivers, and families can learn about new tools, observe medical equipment in action, and gain awareness of the benefits of nutrition and emotional health. Patient groups will present helpful resources and provide health screenings. Attendees will also learn about the brain and all its wonders for kids and teens and adults in a fun, educational experience aimed at families. Visit the following areas:

  • Caregiver & Patient Lounge
    • 4 Paws for Ability
    • Clinical Trials
    • Lakernick Brain Center
    • Kennedy Krieger Institute
    • Mark Morris Dance Group / Dance for PD®
    • Martin M. Shenkman
    • Nancy's House
    • Neurology Now® Magazine
    • Penn - Medicine - Perelman School of Medicine and University of Pensylvania Health System
      • Penn Parkison's Disease and Movement Disorders Center
      • Penn Memory Center
      • Neursurgery Clinical Trials
    • Philadelphia Corporation for Aging
    • Stillpoint Holistic Studio / Free Massages
    • Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals
    • Well Spouse Association
    • Wig Capitol Foundation (WCF)
    • Support Group:
      • 3:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Multiple Sclerosis Connections Support Group
  • Common Neurologic Conditions in Adults
    • Allergan, Inc.
    • Alzheimer's Association
    • American Brain Tumor Association
    • Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation, Inc.
    • Biogen Idec
    • Cadasil Association
    • Capital Health
    • CDC/ATSDR - National ALS Registry
    • Dementia Society of America
    • Dystonia Medical Research Foundation
    • Epilepsy Foundations of Eastern PA
    • Huntington's Disease Youth Organization HDYO
    • International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF)
    • Lundbeck LLC
    • Medtronic, Inc.
    • MSWorld, Inc.
    • Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
    • National Ataxia Foundation
    • National Brain Tumor Society
    • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
    • National Parkinson Foundation
    • National Spasmodic Torticollis Association
    • Parkinson's Action Network
    • Parkinson's Disease Foundation, Inc.
    • Penn Medicine - Perelman School of Medicine and University of Pennsylvania Health System
      • Stroke
    • Philadelphia VA Parkinson's Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center (PADRECC)
    • Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    • Teva CNS
    • The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter
    • The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration
    • The Parkinson Council
    • Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc.
  • Healthy Brain & Nutrition
    • American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
    • Blood pressure screenings
  • Sports Pavilion
    • Bike Helmet Distribution
    • King-Devick Test, LLC
    • Magee Rehabilitation
    • Moss Rehab
    • Penn Medicine - Perelman School of Medicine and University of Pennsylvania Health System
      • Concussion/Center for Brain Injury and Repair
  • Cranial Nerve Stations
    • 12 stations with hands-on activities, demos, and displays
    • EEG demonstration station
  • Kid's Area
    • Egg Safety Helmet
    • Hold a Human Brain- An opportunity for kids
    • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
    • Philadelphia Chapter Society for Neuroscience
    • Child Neurology Foundation
    • Kyle Cares - Kyle Lewis Amoeba Awareness
    • Human Brain Pathology- Human brain specimens with pathology including Alzheimer, Parkinson, Huntington, Stroke, Cancer, MS, TBI
    • Animal Brains- Animal brains in jars from a mouse to a dolphin to show
    • Swim Cap Brain Art
    • Build a Neuron: A craft project

Presentation Stage

Visit the Presentation Stage in the Discovery Zone for a variety of demonstrations throughout the day.

Presentation Stage Schedule

11:00 am-Billy McLaughlin

  • Musician and American Brain Foundation Ambassador, will perform musical sets throughout the day. McLaughlin was diagnosed with Focal Dystonia—an incurable neuromuscular disorder that rendered him unable to play his own music—but in spite of his diagnosis taught himself to play his music with his opposite hand.

12:00 pm-Martin M. Shenkman

  • 12 step financial planning checklist workbook for those recently diagnosed with a brain disease

1:00 pm-Billy McLaughlin

  • See previous description

2:00 pm-Head Games: The Global Concussion Crisis Movie

  • From the acclaimed director Steve James (Academy Award-nominated Hoop Dreams, Emmy Award winning The Interrupters), Head Games: The Global Concussion Crisis is a revealing documentary featuring never-before-seen neurological findings related to rugby and soccer players that will serve as a wake-up call for those who think that the devastating chronic effects of repetitive head trauma are only an American football and boxing injury.

3:15 pm-Neuro Film Festival “Fan Favorite”

  • The Neuro Film Festival aims to raise awareness about the need for why more funding is needed for research into the prevention, treatment, and cure of brain diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, stroke, autism, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis.

3:30 pm-Billy McLaughlin

  • See previous description

Demonstration Stage Schedule

11:30 am- Dance for PD

  • The Dance for PD® program offers specialized dance classes for people with Parkinson’s disease, their care partners, family members, and friends and integrates movement from modern, ballet, tap, folk, and social dancing, and choreographic repertory to engage participants’ minds and bodies and create an enjoyable, social environment for artistic exploration. In this interactive demonstration a Dance for PD’s teacher will lead attendees through a series of exercises that empower people with PD to explore movement and music in ways that are stimulating and creative.

12:30 pm-Sports Panel

  • Ben Utecht- Former NFL player with the Cincinnati Bengals and Super Bowl champion with the Indianapolis Colts, who suffered five known concussions on the football field, will be on hand to talk about his efforts in building awareness for traumatic brain injury and sign autographs.

1:30 pm-Philadelphia Chapter Society for Neuroscience

  • See a demonstration of brain function using common optical illusions and word

2:00 pm-Nia

  • A sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. It empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music in more than 48 countries. Every experience can be adapted to individual needs and abilities. People who practice Nia® enjoy increased strength, flexibility and range of motion, as well as greater power, balance and comfort in the body. Come experience the Joy of movement through Nia in demos taught by Philadelphia-based Nia instructors.

2:30 pm-Rock Steady Boxing

  • Rock Steady Boxing gives people with Parkinson’s disease hope by improving their quality of life through a non-contact boxing based fitness curriculum.

3:00 pm-Philadelphia Chapter Society for Neuroscience

  • See previous description

Brain Health Classes
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Expert neurologists will lead educational sessions on a variety of neurologic topics. Brain Health Classes will empower patients and the public through healthy–living tips, prevention, and practical advice.

  • Update on Alzheimer's disease
  • Update on Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Update on Epilepsy
  • Update on Headache
  • Update on Multiple Sclerosis
  • Update on Parkinson's disease
  • Update on Stroke
  • Update on Child Development
  • Update on Peripheral Neuropathy

2014 Exhibitors

2014 Brain Health Fair Sponsorship and Exhibitor Information

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2014 Brain Health Fair Sponsors:

Gold Sponsor



Teva CNS

Silver Sponsor




Thomas Jefferson

Neurology Now




General Sponsor

Genentech, Inc.


View photos of the 2013 Brain Health Fair

View photos of the 2012 Brain Health Fair

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Brain Health Fair Notice and Conditions

The activities conducted and content distributed at the American Brain Foundation's Brain Health Fair are for educational purposes only and do not constitute or substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

The American Brain Foundation does not recommend or endorse any specific physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned at the Brain Health Fair. Reliance on any information provided is solely at attendee's own risk.

The Foundation is not liable to any attendee or anyone else for any decision made or action taken by based on reliance upon the information provided at the Brain Health Fair. Attendee assumes any and all liability associated with attendance/participation at the Brain Health Fair. The Foundation is not liable for any claims whatsoever for personal injury, illness, death, or damages of any kind as a result of or caused by attendance/participation at the Brain Health Fair.

Attendance/participation is voluntary. All portions of the Brain Health Fair may be photographed, videotaped and/or recorded for future rebroadcast, distribution, promotion, or other commercial purpose. By attending the Brain Health Fair you are consenting to being recorded, photographed, and/or videotaped without payment or remuneration of any kind. Any recording, photographs or videos of any nature are the sole property of the Foundation.

Child Supervision

Children must be escorted and supervised by an adult at all times. Child supervision is not provided at the American Brain Foundation's Brain Health Fair.

Official Rules of the Brain Health Fair Drawing

American Academy of Neurology