BRAINWORKS: THE THEATRE OF NEUROSCIENCE

This program explores the wonders of the human brain by dramatizing real-life neurological cases to reveal the science behind brain diseases, including Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, brain tumors, and stroke.

About the Production

What’s happening in St. Louis is an exciting constellation of leading-edge neuroscience and compelling personal narratives in an intimate theater setting.

BrainWorks is a theatrical performance and a television series originally created by nationally renowned neurosurgeon-scientists, Dr. Eric C. Leuthardt and Dr. Albert H. Kim, both Washington University School of Medicine specialists treating patients at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

This multi-platform program explores the wonders of the human brain by dramatizing real-life neurological cases to reveal the science behind brain diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, brain tumors, and stroke. Drs. Kim and Leuthardt serve as our guides, making complex concepts approachable to the general public.

Drs. Kim and Leuthardt, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and the Nine Network of Public Media are collaborating to include regional and national audiences in the conversation. This production is being recorded for a national public television audience and will become an exciting catalyst for discussion. BrainWorks will deepen the public’s understanding of vital health issues, including the connection between the brain and overall health.

Episode Guide

The centerpiece of BrainWorks is the extraordinary, personal stories that use the best elements of theater—professional actors, storytelling techniques, even humor—to communicate what medical science and technology understand about the brain, and the current therapies available to treat brain disease. These four stories were inspired by research, real people and treatment; co-written by professional playwrights who are alumni of New Dramatists, the premier playwriting center. Most have a personal connection to the material.

Meet the Creators and Co-Writers

Eric C. Leuthardt, MD (left) and Albert H. Kim, MD, PhD (right)

Eric C. Leuthardt, MD

Dr. Leuthardt is changing the fields of neurosurgery and rehabilitative medicine, particularly for patients with motor disabilities, through his research in brain-computer interface technology. His integrated approach has garnered international recognition and honors, including the Top Young Innovators Award in MIT’s Technology Review.

Dr. Leuthardt is a neurosurgeon-scientist and professor in the departments of Neurological Surgery, Neurology, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at Washington University School of Medicine. He is the director of the Center for Innovation in Neuroscience and Technology, which fosters translation between neuroscience and clinical treatment, and the director of the Brain Laser Center, which uses MRI-guided laser therapy to treat brain tumors and other neurological conditions. Dr. Leuthardt is co-creator and co-writer of BrainWorks.

Albert H. Kim, MD, PhD

Dr. Kim has made fundamental discoveries in the fields of brain development and brain tumors, including glioblastomas, meningiomas, and pituitary tumors, which have impacted the way we view and treat brain tumors.

Dr. Kim is a neurosurgeon and associate professor with the departments of Neurological Surgery, Neurology and Developmental Biology at Washington University School of Medicine. He is surgical director of the Pituitary Center. He also leads the Laboratory for Molecular Neuro-Oncology, a progressively growing and high-functioning lab focused on basic and translational scientific approaches to cure brain tumors. Dr. Kim is co-creator and co-writer of BrainWorks.

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Where to Watch

Please check your local listings for current dates & times, and rebroadcasts.

WFYI, Indianapolis:
Tuesdays at 7:30pm, starting June 9

WPBT, Miami:
Airing each episode Tuesdays & Saturdays on their WPBT Health Channel at 1:30pm, 7:30pm & 11:30pm, starting June 9

South Carolina ETV, Greenville-Spartan:
Sundays at 3pm, starting June 14

KVCR, Los Angeles:
Sundays at 5:30pm, starting June 14

WNYE, New York:
Mondays at 12pm, starting June 15

KUEN, Salt Lake City:
Mondays at 8:30pm, starting June 15

WGVU, Grand Rapids:
Sundays at 2:30pm, starting June 21

OPB, Portland
Wednesday, June 24 at 11pm & 11:30pm (#101, #102)
Thursday, June 25 at 12pm & 12:30pm (#101, #102)
Tuesday, June 30 at 12pm & 12:30pm (#103, #104)
Wednesday, July 1 at 11pm & 11:30pm (#103, #104)

PBS 12/(KBDI), Denver:
Thursday, June 25 at 7pm & 7:30pm (#101, #102)
Thursday, July 2 at 7pm & 7:30pm (#103, #104)

WEFS, Orlando:
Sundays at 2pm, starting June 28

KQED, San Francisco:
Wednesday, July 8 at 11pm - midnight (#101/#102) on main channel
Thursday, July 9 at 5am - 6am (#101/#102) on main channel
Wednesday, July 15 at 11pm - midnight (#103/#104) on main channel
Thursday, July 16 at 5am - 6am (#103/#104) on main channel
Monday, July 27 at 12am - 1am (#101/#102) on PLUS channel
Monday, August 3 at 12am - 1am (#103/#104) on PLUS channel

MPT, Baltimore:
Saturdays at 7:30pm, starting July 11

Nine Network of Public Media, St. Louis:
Coming soon


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