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The Brain Bus

Would you like us to come to your school or event?

We are happy to offer live virtual lessons or in-person, COVID restriction friendly demonstrations for your class or group!


What is the Brain Bus?

The Brain Bus is a mobile neuroscience laboratory that empowers communities and enriches the lives of Southern Arizonans.  Our curriculum covers K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 grade education, along with adult education. 

Topics include:

  • Prenatal and baby brain development

  • Adolescent brain development

  • Nutrition

  • Physical activity

  • Injury prevention

  • Literacy

  • The aging brain

  • Disease prevention

  • Common clinical disorders

  • and more!


Three of our board members, Abhay Sanan, MD, Nadia Fike, MD, PhD and Lynne Oland, PhD, are uniquely qualified to oversee this project.  As physicians, Dr. Sanan and Dr. Fike see the effects of brain and nervous system diseases every day.  As scientists, Dr. Fike and Dr. Oland have studied the cells of the brain and nervous system, as well as the functional circuits that process information, cognition, and mediate behavior. 

Brain Bus Goals

  • Provide a school and family-friendly setting filled with content-rich, enjoyable activities that engage K-12 student to learn about the brain health.

  • Increase public awareness of the amazing capacity of the brain, how it develops, how it ages, and how to protect it.

  • Create opportunities for partnerships with teachers, providers, and non-profit organizations interested in brain health, learning/education, and brain rehabilitation that will bring knowledge about the brain to the public.


Introducing the New and Improved Brain Bus!


Artist: ​Keerthi Kurian, 2020

The ceiling of the Brain Bus got a facelift!

We can't wait until the Brain Bus is back again and available to the public. We hope everyone will get to expereince this amazing artwork and get back to all the fun the bus has to offer. Updates will be made when the Brain Bus is active once again. We hope to see you soon!


Previous Brain Bus Events

Cologuard Classic PGA Tour Champions

February 25 - 27, 2022


The tournament features several accomplished golfers and raises money for various charities in Tucson. This year CNSF is one of the featured charities and you can support us by donating at the link below.

Golfing Couple
Student Behind the Books

Tucson Festival of Books

March 12 - 13, 2022


Come and see The Brain Bus at Science City on the U of A mall. We will be there with lots of fun neuroscience activities and information. Please stop by and say hello.

Be Safe Saturday

March 26, 2022 (9 AM - Noon)


We will be back on the TMC campus with The Brain Bus and will have lots of fun neuroscience activities and information on how to keep your brain safe and well.


Community Village at Arizona Bowl

December 3, 2022 (10 AM - 2 PM)


Join us in the Community Village on the UA Mall for fun and games at the tailgate party before the Arizona Bowl. Volunteers will be on hand at the Brain Bus to lead activities and share information about the amazing brain. 

Family visiting bus .jpg

Cyclovia 2022 (Downtown - South Tucson)

March 27, 2022 (9 AM - 3 PM)

This year The Brain Bus will be part of Cyclovia where people of all ages and abilities walk, bike, and roll down 5 miles of open car-free, carefree streets in Downtown Tucson. We will be parked along the route sharing neuroscience information and some fun activities, so come on out and join us.

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Family SciFest

February 18, 2022 (9 AM)


Great weather greeted the Brain Bus and some new volunteers at the Children’s Museum for Family SciFest. Children and adults were fascinated with the Brain Zoo.

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