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    Q&A with Theodore J. Cicero

    The current state of dependence is covered in "Prescription Drug Abuse: No End in Sight,” this month’s Cerebrum article. Author Theodore J. Cicero, Ph.D., traces the history and evolution of narcotics and leans on his own research, clinical, and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) experience to discuss an issue that many think has reached epidemic proportions.

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    Design a Brain Experiment!

    The Dana Foundation is asking U.S. high school students to submit their most creative brain experiment ideas to the Design a Brain Experiment Competition. Submissions must test an idea about the brain, anything from examining the effects of art on the adolescent brain to exploring alternative treatments for Alzheimer's disease. Students should not complete their experiments, so be creative!

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    NYAS Podcasts: Dementia Decoded

    How can science help decode dementia? Join the New York Academy of Sciences for a 5-part podcast series. Sponsored by the Dana Foundation.

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    Helping Hand for Scientists Writing for the Rest of Us

     You've Got Some Explaining to Do offers advice to neuroscientists writing for non-scientists, including targeting your audience, organizing your thoughts, and avoiding jargon and negative wording. $2.99 in paperback; PDF version is free. Paperback available now at Amazon.

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Top Stories

Heroin Addiction Linked to Long-Term Brain Changes

by Kayt Sukel

“The most surprising result of this study is that abnormal functional organization in heroin addicts persists even after years of abstinence,” says a researcher. 

A Very Big Map: Connectomics and Its Limits

by Jim Schnabel

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Brain mapping research is one of the hottest fields in neuroscience, with support from several high profile initiatives in the US and abroad. Leaders in the field weigh in on new research advances and what we ultimately hope to learn from these intricate maps. One of our series of briefing papers.


Have Researchers Discovered the Key to ALS?

by Jim Schabel

Lost function of ALS-linked protein TDP-43 seen as potentially major contributor to disease.

The Evolving State of Electroconvulsive Therapy

by Kayt Sukel

As doctors continue to tweak using electricity as therapy, a new meta-analysis suggests quicker application may be nearly as effective and has much less risk of side effects.

Researchers Find Evidence of Human-to-Human Spread of Alzheimer’s Protein Aggregates

By Jim Schnabel

Cadaver-derived human growth hormone treatments, used during 1959-85, may have been contaminated with “infectious” amyloid beta aggregates. 

Lightning Strikes Twice

by Guy McKhann, MD


A Nobel Prize-winning neurologist/biochemist has transmitted a Parkinson's-like disease from the involved brain to a mouse model. From our print publication, Brain in the News.

What Were You Thinking?! – Understanding the Neurobiology of the Teen Brain

by Marisa M. Silveri, Ph.D.

Lauren Parsley

Wrong-headed teen behavior isn’t due necessarily to a lack of knowing right from wrong, but rather an inability to hold back the wrong answer or behavior. 

One of our series of Reports on Progress.


The Binge and the Brain

October 5, 2015

 by Alice V. Ely, Ph.D., and Anne Cusack, Psy.D.

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Who hasn’t dipped into that pint of Häagen-Dazs and finished the entire container? Out-of-control impulse consumption is at the heart of binge-eating disorder (BED), a newly recognized mental condition that we are just beginning to better understand—from both a neurobiological and clinical standpoint.

Events and Deadlines

International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting

10/15/2015- 10/16/2015

Chicago, IL

Neuroscience 2015

10/17/2015- 10/21/2015

Society for Neuroscience

Chicago, IL

Headaches 101


92nd Street Y

New York City

SciCafe: How the Brain Shows its Feminine Side


American Museum of Natural History

New York City

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