Student Conferences

The Department of Neurosurgery hosts the following student conferences:

  • Brainworks 2015

The Brainworks Educational Program is designed to provide 7th and 8th grade students from Los Angeles Unified School District with first hand information on the field of neurology from a multidisciplinary medical team headed by world-renowned neurosurgeon, Keith L. Black, M.D. Physicians, researchers, and nurses provide presentations on brain functioning, neurosurgery, and brain research with a strong emphasis placed on the importance of continued education. Students are encouraged to ask questions of the speakers. Students will also have the opportunity to be involved in hands-on activities that will further reinforce the information conveyed by speakers.

This program reflects Dr. Black’s commitment to the field of medicine, the future of which lies with the education of children. “Brainworks” was held for the first time in May of 1998 and every year since then from 10am – 2pm in Harvey Morse Auditorium at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The program is free of charge to the students.

More information about the day's events can be found here.

  • Introduction to the World of Stem Cells: A Conference for High School Students

An after-school program for high school students, parents and teachers interested in learning about stem cell research.The goal of the program is to educate the audience on the research and science along with the related issues and potential solutions.

Call for Research Papers - the Department of Neurosurgery hosts a research paper competition to stimulate students' interest in the theory and application of stem cell research.  Papers are due January 15, 2015.  Essay topics and instructions will be announced later this year.

The conference will be held at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Harvey Morse Auditorium from 5pm to 7pm. Those interested in attending the conference must register. Registration will be open on October 1, 2014.  

Students who are interested in volunteering and participating in programs offered at Cedars-Sinai should apply through the Teen Volunteer Program.  Applications are available February 1, 2015 and are first-come first-served until they have reached capacity.More information can be found here.


For more information about the conferences listed, please contact Samantha Phu, Department Academic Program Coordinator, at