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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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    Free Brainweek Event in DC: Buildings and the Brain

    Using scientific methodology, architects and neuroscientists are increasingly collaborating to explore the variety of human experiences that can change with the design of buildings. Find out how during panel discussion and Q&A; at AAAS on Thursday, March 15, during Brain Awareness Week.

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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

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.

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.

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.


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 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

Brain Awareness Week 2018

3/12/2018- 3/18/2018

Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives


Successful Aging and Your Brain


NYU Langone Medical Center

New York, NY

Neuroscience and Society: Buildings and the Brain


AAAS and The Dana Foundation

Washington, DC

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.