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    Lesson Plans for K-5

    Introducing our new lesson plans for students K-5! Build-a-Brain, Protect Your Brain, and Expose Your Nose each have lesson plans and teacher PowerPoints.

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    Get Ready for Brain Awareness Week

    Join the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research, March 12–18, 2018. Become a partner and organize an activity, or attend events in your area by searching the BAW Calendar of Events

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    Know Thyself: Well-Being and Subjective Experience

    Joseph LeDoux, Ph.D., talks about his Cerebrum article, “Know Thyself: Well-Being and Subjective Experience,” his work as founding director of The Emotional Brain Institute at New York University, and his role as a founding member of the popular band, The Amygdaloids.

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    Successful Aging and Your Brain

    The Successful Aging & Your Brain program focuses on understanding how the brain works and maximizing brain function and health. The program includes live public forums, videos, and printed resources.

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    Cerebrum Book Review

    Buddhism shares with science the task of examining the mind empirically. Two friends, one a Buddhist monk trained as a molecular biologist, and the other, a distinguished neuroscientist—offer their perspectives on the mind, the self, consciousness, the unconscious, free will, epistemology, meditation, and neuroplasticity in the book that is the subject of this review.

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Top Stories

Of Mindfulness and Incarceration

by Kayt Sukel

Spending time in jail or prison can harm a person’s brain functions related to cognitive control and emotional regulation. An intervention combining mindfulness meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy appears to offset this effect in teenage boys for at least a few months.

Don’t Give Up on Modifying Alzheimer’s Disease

by Guy McKhann, M.D.

Guy_McKhann_thmbRight now, what’s needed is an approach that modifies the disease in any form. To my way of thinking, that means much smaller studies, including non-clinical end-points. Our monthly column for Brain in the News.

Seeking the Mental Roads that Lead to Suicide

by Carl Sherman

Many experts now consider suicidal behavior a psychiatric disorder in its own right. Could inflammation be a trigger, or an effect?

Imaging Immune Therapies in Brain Tumor Patients

by Kayt Sukel

Cheshier-Samuel-80Brain tumors are the most common type of cancer occurring in children aged 14 and younger—as well as the leading cause of cancer death in that age group. Pediatric neurosurgeon Samuel Cheshier is working on new technologies to improve immunotherapy treatments and track their effectiveness over time. One of our series of Q&As with Dana grantees.

Seeking the Earliest Traces of Autism

by Moheb Costandi

With the development of imaging tools that can scan babies’ brains, researchers have learned a great deal about the genetic bases of autistic traits.

The Truth About Research on Screen Time

by Kayt Sukel

There’s no shortage of articles warning of the negative effects of screen time on kids’ development, but what does the research actually say? Experts weigh in, in our new Briefing Paper.




Alabama to Beijing... and Back: The Search for a Pain Gene

February 15, 2018

by Stephen G. Waxman, M.D., Ph.D.

 The Search for a Pain Gene (Spotlight Image)

The fascinating tale of how our author and his research team discovered a gene that may change the way we treat pain.

Events and Deadlines

The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal

1/9/2018- 3/31/2018

NYU Grey Art Gallery

Brainwave: The Future is Fluid

2/1/2018- 4/30/2018

The Rubin Museum

New York, NY

Neuroforensics: Exploring the Legal Implications of Emerging Neurotechnologies—A Workshop


National Academies of Sciences

Washington, DC

11th FENS Forum of Neuroscience

7/7/2018- 7/11/2018

Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS)

Berlin, Germany

Featured Publications

You've Got Some Explaining to Do:

You've Got Some Explaining to Do: This compact book can help scientific writers learn and adopt new habits to be successful writing for a non-science audience. Download it for free (PDF). Also available en español (PDF)

Featured Video

Celebrate the brain this March 12-18 during Brain Awareness Week! You can plan an activity or attend one of the hundreds offered by our partners. Visit dana.org/BAW to find out how.