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    Our reviewers examine a book that focuses on the social and economic trends of opioid addiction and how it affects ordinary people.

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    Meet Our Neuroethics Columnist

    Meet our new neuroethics columnist Philip M. Boffey, former New York Times Editorial Page deputy editor and Pulitzer Prize winner, who discusses clear science writing and his plans for the column.

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    Sticker Contest Winner!

    Congratulations to Leonor Castro Caldas Braga from Lisbon, Portugal, whose winning design will be printed on thousands of stickers to be distributed for Brain Awareness Week, March 11-17, 2019.

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    Fumiko Hoeft Receives SfN Science Educator Award

    Dr. Hoeft talked with us about how she learned to communicate science to a public audience and offers tips for others who want to try. Dana Foundation is proud sponsor of this award, given during the Society for Neuroscience's annual meeting.

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    Why Become a Brain Awareness Week Partner?

    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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    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

Going Small to Attack Cancers

by Kayt Sukel

Dana Grantee Michelle Bradbury uses nanotechnology to test possible treatments for cancer that target the disease and avoid healthy tissues. One of our series of Q&As with Dana grantees.

CRISPR and the Brain

by Kayt Sukel

CRISPRCRISPR, an innovative new gene editing system, offers great promise to the field of neuroscience—both as a research tool and, potentially, a treatment. Learn more in our new Briefing Paper.


The Opioids Crisis: A Balancing Act

by Philip M. Boffey

Phil_Boffey_tHow can we reduce the easy availability of opioids that is fueling the epidemic without depriving pain-wracked people of the opioid pain-killers they desperately need? Neuroethics column for Brain in the News.

Seeing Through the Haze of Cannabis Research on Epilepsy

by Sophie Fessl

Over thousands of years, tales about using cannabis to treat epilepsy accumulated. The FDA recently approved a solution containing cannabidiol, an ingredient of cannabis, for treating childhood epilepsy. But does cannabidiol live up to expectations?

The Art of Discovering New Brain Cells

by Kayt Sukel


Researchers identify new types of cells--like this rosehip neuron--by looking at the brain through sharper lenses, searching vast gene expression databases, and crowd-sourcing visual analyses.


The Abused Brain

by Brenda Patoine


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. 


Building the Thermometer for Mental Health

November 28, 2018

by Joshua J. Chauvin, Ph.D.,
and Thomas R. lnsel, M.D.

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What are the potential and pitfalls of mining smartphones to help people with mental health issues better understand their state of mind and receive treatment?

Events and Deadlines

Re-constructing Brains in the Lab to Revolutionize Neuroscience


The Center for Ethics in Science and Technology

San Diego, CA

Educating with Empathy

2/15/2019- 2/17/2019

Learning & the Brain

San Francisco, CA

Brain Awareness Week

3/11/2019- 3/17/2019

The Dana Foundation


IBRO World Conference

9/21/2019- 9/25/2019


Daegu, Korea

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

BrainWorks - In this episode, join bioengineering professor Eric Chudler and a group of curious kids investigating brain-computer interfaces.