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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. Find events in your area by searching the BAW Calendar of Events.

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    Cerebrum Book Review

    After a distinguished career as a professor at Emory University and San Diego State University, this left-handed author—whose mother was also a southpaw—examines left-handedness in the context of studies that have contested the classifications and meanings of disability, forcing researchers to re-examine their assumptions and attitudes about disability while challenging public policies aimed at them.

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

    Stephen G. Waxman, M.D., Ph.D.,talks about his Cerebrum article, “Alabama to Beijing… and Back: The Search for a Pain Gene,” his work as founding director of Yale University’s Neuroscience & Regeneration Research Center, and his love affair with neuroscience.

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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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Top Stories

Beyond Emotion: Understanding the Amygdala’s Role in Memory

by Kayt Sukel


Deep-stimulation experiments in rats and people suggest that increasing activity in the amygdalae can do more than just add emotional weight to a memory.



New Study Questions Confidence in Neurogenesis in the Adult Brain

by Moheb Costandi

Newborn neurons are plenty in tissue samples of infants, but fall away quickly in childhood, according to new UCSF study.

A Cuba Happening

by Guy McKhann, M.D.

Guy_McKhann_thmbA very strange thing happened to US diplomats in Cuba in late 2016 and early 2017. The Penn group recently published their initial findings based on evaluations of 21 people affected. Our monthly column for Brain in the News.


Seeking Clues to Criminality in the Brain

by Carl Sherman

With improved imaging and using new maps of the connections in the brain, researchers find anatomical suggestions that a particular circuit is altered in some people who commit crimes.

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.

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.


The Dazzling Promise of Ketamine

March 15, 2018

by Ronald S. Duman, Ph.D.

The Dazzling Promise of Ketamine (spotlight)

The rediscovery of a promising, yet problematic drug called ketamine is the most significant breakthrough for treating depression in half a century.

Events and Deadlines

The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal

1/9/2018- 3/31/2018

NYU Grey Art Gallery

Brain Awareness Week 2018

3/12/2018- 3/18/2018

Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives


Society for Brain Mapping & Therapeutics 15th Annual Congress

4/13/2018- 4/15/2018

Society for Brain Mapping & Therapeutics

Los Angeles, CA

11th FENS Forum of Neuroscience

7/7/2018- 7/11/2018

Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS)

Berlin, Germany

Featured Publications

Rita Levi-Montalcini: A Pioneer in Neuroscience

Rita Levi-Montalcini: A Pioneer in Neuroscience - Originally written in Italian and now available in English (PDF), this graphic novel celebrates the life and work of neuroscientist Rita Levi-Montalcini, who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her "discovery of nerve growth factor" in 1986.

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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.