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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 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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    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.

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    Thanks for Another Great Brain Awareness Week!

    The week devoted to celebrating the brain and brain research has come to a close, but there are still some more events throughout March. Find some brainy fun near you: Check the global Brain Awareness Week calendar for tours, lectures, festivals, and more.

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    Winners of the Design a Brain Experiment Competition

    First place goes to Moie Uesugi, a senior from BARD High School Early College Queens (photo at right), and second place to home-schooled Alabama ninth grader Christian Gonzalez. Congratulations!

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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

Studying the Blind Leads to New Insights in Human Brain Specialization

by Kayt Sukel

Their ability to use brain real estate slotted for vision for touch perception suggests that sense areas could be driven by task, not the type of sense.

Ultrasound for Alzheimer’s?

by Jim Schnabel

Researchers find that focused sound waves can loosen the blood-brain barrier in Alzheimer’s-model mice, resulting in the clearance of amyloid beta from the brain, and big improvements on memory tests.

The Patterns of Pain Relief

by Kayt Sukel

Using a data-mining method and fMRI results from eight separate clinical trials testing pain medicines, Oxford researchers find evidence of consistent patterns of brain activity. Such a definite pattern might be used before human trials to choose which new drug to test, or after, to see if it is working in a particular patient. 

Unraveling the Complexity of Schizophrenia Genetics

by Rebecca Birnbaum, MD, and Daniel R. Weinberger, MD

Our understanding of the biological mechanisms of schizophrenia risk has steadily evolved over the past few decades, attributable largely to advances in human genetics and to genomic technologies. One of our series of Reports on Progress.

The Enduring Mystery of Migraine

by Jim Schnabel

People who get migraines could soon have some new therapeutic options, but a deep understanding of the disorder continues to elude researchers.

New Stroke Therapy

by Guy McKhann, MD

Guy_McKhann_thmbThere are still questions to be answered and procedures to be changed, but there are some exciting new therapeutic approaches to stroke. From our free print publication, Brain in the News.

 

 

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. 

Probing Synaptic Pruning

by Brenda Patoine

Beth StevensDana grantee Beth Stevens, Ph.D., discusses the unexpected roles immune cells play in normal brain development and disease. One of our series of Scientist Q&As.

 

Dana Library and Research Centre Announced by the Science Museum

 

   The Science Museum in London has officially announced the new Dana Library and Research Centre, opening in late 2015. As envisioned by the Science Museum, the new Centre will provide a “world class environment” for academic research and it will be open to the public as well. Renovation is now underway at the former Dana Centre, which opened in 2003 and provided public events about the latest in science research.

    For academic research, the Centre will focus on bringing together the Museums’ library and archive collections, as well as artifacts, through its Research and Public History Department. The facility will be open to the public and include special events aimed at reaching broad audiences.

    Edward Rover, Chairman and President of the Dana Foundation said, “We are delighted that the Library and Research Centre preserves the Dana name. We have a longstanding relationship with the Science Museum and the focus of the new facility is in keeping with Dana’s mission and commitment to the importance of scientific inquiry and public education."

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Vernon Remembered

March 2, 2015

by Mahlon R. DeLong, MD, and Guy McKhann, MD

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Remembrances from two colleagues influenced by Vernon B. Mountcastle, M.D., often referred to as “the father of neuroscience.”

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