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    Cerebrum Book Review

    Moran Cerf reviews Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds, a personal account of drugs that define mind, emotion, and behavior.

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    The Scouts Healthy Brain Initiative Fun Patch order form has launched!  Earn FREE Dana Scouts Healthy Brain Initiative Fun Patches. Learn about the brain and living a brain-healthy life!  

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    Brain Awareness Week is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. By registering, your organization joins a global partnership committed to educating the public about the brain and the promise of brain research.

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    A Novel Therapy for Huntington’s Disease

    Duke University School of Medicine professor Albert La Spada, M.D., Ph.D., author of our Cerebrum article, “A Novel Therapy for Huntington’s Disease,” discusses a new strategy for treating Huntington’s and other degenerative diseases.

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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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Top Stories

The Abused Brain

by Brenda Patoine

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What happens to the brain of a child who is abused, neglected, or otherwise maltreated? Experts weigh in on this and other questions in our new Briefing Paper.

 

 

Robots for ASD Therapy? Maybe as Partners

by Carl Sherman

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Researchers test machine learning and social gaming to find new ways to help children on the autism spectrum focus and learn skills to connect with other people. “The most promising findings are not with the robot as therapist, but as co-therapist,” says one scientist.

The End Comes as a Wave

by Sophie Fessl

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Starved of oxygen, neurons lose their proper electrical charge when we die and a wave of electrochemical energy spreads through the brain. Researchers in Berlin and Cincinnati have, for the first time, recorded such brain tsunamis in dying patients, and also in patients with survivable brain damage, such as brain hemorrhages, suggesting that doctors look for this pattern and act quickly when they see it to save endangered neurons.

Reversing the Alzheimer’s Catastrophe

by Kayt Sukel

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Dana Grantee Huntington Potter has found a promising potential treatment for Alzheimer’s by looking at the disease mechanisms of rheumatoid arthritis. One of our series of Q&As with neuroscientists.

 

Advances in Biomarkers: Using Machine Learning to Develop a Test for Autism

by Kayt Sukel

Studies that use an algorithm to successfully predict if a child has autism spectrum disorder (ASD) based on metabolites in a blood sample have been replicated in small samples.

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A Novel Therapy for Huntington’s Disease

September 12, 2018

by Albert La Spada, M.D., Ph.D.

 A Novel Therapy for Huntington’s Disease

Turning off genes may have implications for treating Huntington’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Events and Deadlines

2018 International Mental Health Research Symposium

10/26/2018

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Kaufman Music Center

International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting

11/1/2018- 11/2/2018

International Neuroethics Society

San Diego, CA

Neuroscience 2018

11/3/2018- 11/7/2018

Society for Neuroscience

San Diego, CA

Reaching for Greatness: Using Brain Science to Empower Potential, Passion, and Performance in All Students

11/16/2018- 11/18/2018

Learning & the Brain

Boston, MA

Featured Publication

You've Got Some Explaining to Do:

You've Got Some Explaining to Do: This compact book can help scientific writers learn and adopt new habits to be successful writing for a non-science audience. Download it for free (PDF). Also available en español (PDF)

Featured Video

Autism is the topic of the latest Neuroscience and Society program, held in October at AAAS in Washington, DC. See also our blogpost about the event.