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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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    Cerebrum Anthology 2014

     Cerebrum is back in book form by popular demand. The Anthology brings together more than a dozen articles and book reviews from the 2014 monthly Web edition, offering inquisitive readers the chance to read about new and provocative ideas in neuroscience from a cross-section of prominent neuroscientists. Available now at Amazon.

    Available at Amazon
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    Q&A with Kenneth Kosik, MD

    Kenneth S. Kosik, MD, was a member of one of several research groups that originally discovered tau protein in the Alzheimer’s neurofibrillary tangle. In this month’s Cerebrum feature, "Tau-er of Power,” he points out that if he and other tau researchers can better understand tau, then progress can be made in fighting neurological disorders linked to this protein, including frontotemporal dementia, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and Alzheimer’s disease.

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    Cerebrum Book Reviews: Power Foods for the Brain

    Can a plant-based diet help stave off dementia and Alzheimer’s disease? Neal Barnard, M.D. makes a case for it in his best-selling book, Power Foods for the Brain and, in his review, David O. Kennedy assesses the merits of the author’s claims.

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    Cerebral Malaria: A Wily Foe—8 Years Later

    Eight years after the Cerebrum story “Cerebral Malaria:  A Wily Foe“ was published, featured researcher Terrie Taylor and colleagues have published a groundbreaking neuroimaging study in the New England Journal of Medicine highlighting one of the key differences they were seeking in the brains of children who do and don't survive the infection.

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Top Stories

Maturing Intelligence

by Kayt Sukel

While our short-term memory ability may peak in youth, other cognitive skills hit their strides much later, researchers report from a series of crowd-sourced experiments.

Stimulating the Brain: Electroceuticals

by Guy McKhann, MD

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Electrical stimulation has been used for many years to treat various brain disorders and researchers continue to hone its capabilities and understand how it works. From our free print publication, Brain in the News.

Schizophrenia Research Zeroes In on Fast-Spiking Interneurons

by Jim Schnabel

Could the disorder—often characterized by hearing voices—be a failure of brain rhythms? 

Teasing Apart How Food Can Make Us Well

by Carl Sherman

Many researchers at a New York Academy of Sciences symposium described a “nexus of nutrition, aging, and dementia.” 

The Journey to the Cognitive Map

By Moheb Costandi

2014 Nobel Prize winner John O’Keefe described the path to our understanding of how place works in the brain during a special lecture celebrating the British Neuroscience Association’s 50th year. 

Targeting Inflammatory Diseases With Electrical Signals

by Jim Schnabel

Kevin TraceyDana grantee Kevin J. Tracey, a pioneer of “bioelectric medicine,” and his colleagues are testing vagus nerve stimulation devices for possible use in severe rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. One of our series of Scientist Q&As.

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

by Marisa M. Silveri, Ph.D.

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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.

When the Myth is the Message: Neuromyths and Education

by Kayt Sukel

A recent survey suggests that neuromyths are more pervasive in the educational community than we might think, and this may work against academic achievement. We investigate some of the most common myths, explaining their scientific origins and realities. One of our series of briefing papers. 

Cerebrum

Tau-er of Power

May 1, 2015

by Kenneth S. Kosik, MD

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Tau protein helps nerve cells in the brain maintain their function and structure. When tau turns toxic, replicates, and spreads, neurons misfire and die. If neuroscientists can pinpoint the reasons for toxicity, identify possible modified tau states, and find a way to block tau’s movement from cell to cell, then progress can be made in fighting any number of neurological disorders.

Events and Deadlines

World Science Festival 2015

5/27/2015- 5/31/2015

New York City

Staying Sharp: The Story of Music and Memory

6/11/2015

The Royal Society, London, UK

Learning from Cancer to Advance Neurodegeneration Drug Discovery and Development

6/11/2015

The New York Academy of Sciences

Staying Sharp in Kansas

6/13/2015

Overland Park, KS

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Successful Aging: When is memory loss a sign of dementia? What actions can be taken to help maintain brain health? Our new, free booklet, Staying Sharp: Successful Aging and the Brain, gives answers to these and other memory-oriented questions in easy-to-understand language.

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