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    In the Lab

    Dana Alliance member Ewelina Knapska  is the head of the Laboratory of Emotions Neurobiology at the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, part of the Polish Academy of Sciences, in Warsaw, Poland. Her current research activities examine socially transferred emotions, the neural mechanisms of impaired social behaviors, and the neural mechanisms of extinction and renewal of learned fears. (PDF)

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    Dana Alliance Q&A

    Dana Alliance member Eric Nestler, at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, chats about Brain Awareness Week and science outreach, his term as president of the Society for Neuroscience, his recent research and outreach on depression, and more. (PDF)

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    The Skinny on Brains: Size Matters

    Jon H. Kaas, Ph.D., talks about his Cerebrum article, “The Skinny on Brains: Size Matters,” the evolution of the human brain, and whether we’ve reached our full potential.

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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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    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

Heart Associations Add Brain-Health Recommendations

by Carl Sherman

Heart-Health-Brain-Health-80Researchers find strong connections between mid-life heart health and later-life brain health.



Synthetic Opioid Driving Overdose Death Rate

by Kayt Sukel

An unintended consequence of manufacturing a drug as quick and powerful as fentanyl is how easily the smallest overdose can kill: Currently nearly half of overdoses involve the drug, alone or in combination with other drugs, a NIDA study reports.

The Eyes Are Windows into the Brain

by Moheb Costandi


Tracking eye movements and how they change could help doctors identify signs of brain diseases.




How the Posterior Parietal Cortex Makes Meaning Out of What We Sense

by Kayt Sukel

Neurons in this area may be part of the mechanism that pulls the aggregate memory of similar sensations to help identify or place a new sensation.

Toward a Medical Model of Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Brenda Patoine

New findings have helped affirm the long-postulated idea that even mental disorders have a physical basis. One of the latest pieces of evidence comes from brain imaging research on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which sheds light on its neurobiological underpinnings and points the way for more precise interventions. One of our series of Briefing Papers.

Connecting the Dots to Find a Protein that Affects Tau

by Kayt Sukel

Stanley-Prusiner-March18-80A variety of brain troubles can trigger tau to form tangles, leading to diseases like chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and Alzheimer’s. While working to develop much-needed animal models that mimic the tricky process, Dana Foundation grantee Stanley Prusiner, M.D., found another protein, sortilin, that appears to govern tau’s actions. One of our series of Q&As with Dana grantees.


The Skinny on Brains: Size Matters

May 9, 2018

by Jon H. Kaas, Ph.D.

The Skinny on Brains: Size Matters (Cerebrum)

We are rapidly learning the ways in which brains vary in mammals, and how these differences set us apart.

Events and Deadlines

Harnessing Mobile Technology to Predict, Diagnose, Monitor, and Develop Treatments for Nervous System Disorders

6/5/2018- 6/6/2018

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Washington, DC, and live webcast

2018 Ross Prize in Molecular Medicine — Genetics of Neurodevelopmental Disorders


The New York Academy of Sciences

New York, NY

Managing Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Neurodegenerative Disease


The New York Academy of Sciences

New York, NY

Managing Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Neurodegenerative Disease


The New York Academy of Sciences

New York, NY

Featured Publication

Cerebrum 2017

Cerebrum 2017 - Can lifestyle changes help prevent Alzheimer’s disease? How much does smell impact our mood and behavior? The answers to these questions and more can be found in our book of articles and book reviews written by prominent neuroscientists. This compendium of timely ideas will provide you with a greater understanding of how advances in neuroscience can help us lead longer, healthier lives.

Featured Video

Successful Aging & Your Brain: This one-hour program includes clips from one of our recent live programs plus an in-depth look at the four factors that may contribute to the maintenance of cognitive function. See also our Successful Aging page.