When middle school students get to perform virtual surgery on a phantom skull using 3-D imaging and look at tumors under a microscope, they get the idea that being a neurosurgeon or neuroscience researcher could be pretty cool. Just as important, they start to believe that achieving such ambitious goals could be within their reach.

Created by Dr. Keith Black, who chairs Cedars-Sinai’s Department of Neurosurgery and directs the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute, our day-long Brainworks event reaches out to underrepresented youth. Through hands-on experience and personal interaction with role models in the healthcare professional, we cultivate an interest in medicine and brain science, and encourage young people to pursue medical careers.

Please click here to listen to a National Public Radio segment about Brainworks that aired on February 14, 2012 on KPCC radio and read the corresponding story.