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    In the Lab

    Dana Alliance member Nancy Ip, at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, talks about the China Brain Project as well as about her work on IL-33 and Alzheimer's disease, (PDF)

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    'Exercise and the Brain' Wins Northwest Emmy Award

    Congratulations to executive producers Cara Podenski and Eric Chudler and the team at the University of Washington for their 2017 Northwest Emmy Award win for the program “Exercise and the Brain!” Hosted by Chudler, the video discusses the benefits of exercise on the brain and learning, and is part of the BrainWorks series, which aims to educate children about the wonders of neuroscience. The Dana Foundation partnered on this project.

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  • Eric Kandel’s Reductionism in Art and Brain Science – Bridging the Two Cultures

    Cerebrum Book Review

    Reductive art is a term to describe an artistic style or an aesthetic: Stripping down as a new way of seeing. Movements and other terms that are sometimes associated with reductive art include abstract art, minimalism, ABC art, anti-illusionism, cool art, and rejective art. Eric Kandel’s fifth book focuses on reductionism as the principle guiding an ongoing dialogue between the worlds of science and art. Reviewed by Ed Bilsky.

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    Neuroscience and Society: The Opioid Epidemic

    “We’ve moved from an epidemic to a crisis” in opioid abuse in the United States, said Daniel Ciccarone, M.D., MPH, during a recent Neuroseries panel discussion at AAAS in Washington, DC. He and fellow panelists Karen Drexler, M.D., and NIDA director Nora Volkow, M.D., discussed how we got here and how we might fix it while also helping people in severe pain.

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  • Ted Dinan

    Gut Feelings on Parkinson’s and Depression

    The microbiota in our gut has become one of the new frontiers in neuroscience. Ted Dinan, M.D., Ph.D., professor of psychiatry in the APC Microbiome Institute at University College Cork in Ireland and coauthor of our most recent Cerebrum article, “Gut Feelings on Parkinson’s and Depression,” discusses his lab’s research and a host of issues surrounding what many call “the second genome.”

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    Successful Aging and Your Brain

    It’s never too late to start living a brain-healthy life! Check out our new 90-second video of four steps to keep your brain working well as you grow older.

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Top Stories

Genes, Environment—and Epigenetics

by Carl Sherman

Can what happened to your parents before you were born affect how your body and mind work at birth—and even now? Researchers in one area of the field of epigenetics—the study of influences on how genes are expressed—think probably so, but their challenge is to prove causality.

Who's in Charge?

Brenda Patoine

Sameer Sheth

Sameer Sheth's discovery of conflict-sensitive cells in the cortex helps shed light on the neural circuitry of cognitive control. One of our series of Scientist Q&As.



How to Stay Sharp in Later Life

by Moheb Costandi

To prevent or slow cognitive decline in later life, one should adopt as many healthy lifestyle choices as possible, researcher Ian Deary told an audience at the Royal Society. His talk was organized by the European Dana Alliance for the Brain (EDAB) and the University of the Third Age (U3A).

A Rose by Any Other Name: How our Sense of Smell Influences Cognition

by Kayt Sukel

Rose.80Research into olfaction has lagged behind vision and hearing. New studies suggest how smell predictions and reactions can affect memory and thought processing.



Modeling Rare Neurological Disease

by Kayt Sukel

A new technique that uses induced pluripotent stem cells from people with Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease has told researchers a lot about that disease and offers proof of concept for its use for people with other diseases.

A New Memory Aid

by Guy McKhann, M.D.

Guy_McKhann_thmbResearchers may have uncovered a new benefit to brain stimulation: enhancing memory. Our monthly column, by Guy McKhann, MD, in Brain in the News.  




The Sleeping Brain

June 13, 2017

by Chiara Cirelli, M.D., Ph.D., and Giulio Tononi, M.D., Ph.D.

 Cerebrum - article

While sleep re-energizes the body's cells, clears waste from the brain, and supports learning and memory, much still needs to be learned about the part it plays in regulating mood, appetite, and libido.

Events and Deadlines

International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting

11/9/2017- 11/10/2017

International Neuroethics Society

Washington, DC

Merging Minds & Technology: Transform Classrooms with Robotics, Brain Science, and Virtual/Maker Spaces

11/10/2017- 11/12/2017

Learning & the Brain

Boston, MA

Neuroscience 2017

11/11/2017- 11/15/2017

Society for Neuroscience

Washington, DC

Featured Publications

Brain Terms Glossary

Brain Terms Glossary - Find definitions for common brain terms in our newly expanded glossary. (PDF)

Featured Video

The Opioid Epidemic: A Neuroscience & Society event held at AAAS in Washington, DC, on May 10. Speakers: Karen Drexler, M.D., Daniel Ciccarone, M.D., and Nora Volkow, M.D.