Neuroscience as Performance Art

Posted by Dale Fisher on

The facts are sobering. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds, 5.7 million Americans are estimated to be living with Alzheimer’s disease, and epilepsy is the fourth most common medical condition affecting the brain.

You probably know someone with one of these brain diseases. It’s a challenge for patients, and their loved ones, to understand the disease process. A new theatrical performance of BrainWorks hopes to shed light on these diseases and others by dramatizing real-life neurological cases to reveal the science behind Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, brain tumors, and stroke.

What began in 2011 as an annual TED-style lecture series about advances in medicine became neuroscience theater, selling out multiple performances and introducing new ways for the public to understand the human brain. Nine Network’s BrainWorks production—a televised one-hour special—won a regional Emmy in 2016. Drs. Leuthardt and Kim are nationally renowned neurosurgeon scientists and hosts of the Brain Coffee podcast.

Get tickets to see a unique theatrical collaboration between Washington University neurosurgeons, Eric C. Leuthardt, MD, and Albert H. Kim, MD, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and Nine Network. An Opening Night VIP Experience immediately after the performance is available on July 19. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

Purchase tickets for performances July 19–21 at the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts in Webster Groves.