MIT BrainTrust is a student-run service organization whose primary aim is to serve local survivors of brain injuries and other brain-related conditions. To support these individuals, we organize a variety of events such as social gatherings (ex: trips to the Museum of Fine Arts, picnics at MIT) and technology help sessions. We also have a unique buddy program, where we directly pair students and survivors in order to provide survivors with further guidance, immediate advice, and friendship. In addition to supporting local brain injury survivors, we also strive to educate the community about brain-related disorders through panel lectures featuring physicians, researchers, and patients; survivor discussion panels; and brain injury awareness booths.
Through these initiatives, we hope to provide real-world opportunities to students and the greater MIT community interested in topics such as cognitive science, healthcare, medicine, assistive technology, and cognitive/neurological prosthetics. BrainTrust helps our student members expand their understanding of the patient side of many neurological conditions and also learn about new technologies being developed in the healthcare field.