• Cerebrum - book image - Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s Advice for a Young Investigator

    Cerebrum Book Review

    Santiago Ramón y Cajal, recognized as the father of modern anatomy and neurobiology, was largely responsible for the modern conception of the brain. We asked an accomplished young investigator to take a fresh look at his recently rediscovered classic, Advice for a Young Investigator, first published in 1897.

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    Design a Brain Experiment!

    The Dana Foundation invites U.S. high school students to submit their most creative brain experiment ideas to the Design a Brain Experiment Competition. Submissions must test an idea about the brain, anything from exploring alternative treatments for Alzheimer's disease to examining the effects of social anxiety. Students do not actually have to do the experiment, so think big!

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    The Human Connectome Project

    As The Human Connectome Project reaches the end of its first phase, what have we learned? What's next? This month’s Cerebrum podcast features David Van Essen and Matthew Glasser, authors of our September article, “The Human Connectome Project: Progress and Prospects.”

  • Sharona-Gordon

    In the Lab

    Dana Alliance member Sharona Gordon at the University of Washington studies the molecular mechanisms of activation and regulation of transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) channels, which control body temperature, as well as heat and pain sensations. She is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of General Physiology. (PDF)

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  • Brain Glossary

    Brain Terms Glossary

    Find definitions for common brain terms in our newly expanded glossary.

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Top Stories

The Revival of Brain PET

by Moheb Costandi


The development of new ‘radiotracers’ that bind to different proteins has opened a window into synaptic pruning, neurogenesis in the living human brain.


'Warm' Cells

by Guy McKhann, MD


A recent report on the central perception of temperature gets the author thinking about his own thermoregulation. Our monthly column from Brain in the News.



Closing the Language Skills Gap Among Children

by Nicky Penttila


Many children are at a disadvantage even before they walk into an early Head Start or pre-K program.What do we know and what can be done to mitigate the long-term effects of this deficit? A researcher, an outreach specialist, and a federal official discussed data, programs, and policy during a recent forum in Washington, DC.

In Memoriam: Barbara Rich

With regret the Dana Foundation announces that Barbara Rich, executive vice president of communications, died on Saturday, October 2, 2016. She had worked at the Foundation since 1995.

Multi-Modal Model of Psychosis: Applying Novel Techniques Targeting Prevention

by Kayt Sukel

Could running a series of tests in a certain order better predict who is at risk for progression from schizophrenia to psychosis?

Center Stage for Targeting Migraine and its Treatment

by Michael A. Moskowitz, M.D.

ROP - August 2016 - Moskowitz - author - thmbMigraine is not a fatal disorder but can ruin a life and a family.  Clinically migraine varies from patient to patient and reflects a highly choreographed interplay between brain and the environment.  Here is the latest on what now is understood about migraine and what are becoming effective drug targets for treatment. One of our series of Reports on Progress.

Brain Stimulation + Imaging Pack Dual Punch to Treat, Unravel Depression Circuitry

by Brenda Patoine

Amit Etkin (thmb)We speak with Dana grantee Amit Etkin, whose lab is investigating the use of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation in combination with whole-brain EEG and functional MRI to treat depression and help unravel its underlying brain circuitry. One of our series of Scientist Q & As.


The Evolving View of Astrocytes

October 19, 2016

by Philip G. Haydon, Ph.D.

 Cerebrum - article

Scientists have found that one type of glial cell that is prevalent in the cortex—the astrocyte—may play a role in sleep, learning, and memory.

Events and Deadlines

Design a Brain Experiment Competition for US High School Students

9/12/2016- 1/11/2017

The Dana Foundation

United States

Emerging Paradigms in Drug Discovery & Chemical Biology


The New York Academy of Sciences

New York, NY

Delving Within: The New Science of the Unconscious


The New York Academy of Sciences

New York, NY

Successful Aging and Your Brain


The Dana Foundation

Portland, ME

Featured Publications

Cerebrum Anthology 2015:

Cerebrum Anthology 2015: Bringing together more than a dozen articles and book reviews from the 2015 monthly Web edition, offering inquisitive readers the chance to read about new and provocative ideas in neuroscience from a cross-section of prominent neuroscientists.

Featured Video

Many children are at a disadvantage even before they walk into an early Head Start or pre-K program. What do we know and what can be done to mitigate the long-term effects of this deficit? This Neuroscience and Society event took place September 28, 2016; panelists were Stanford researcher Anne Fernald, Gads Hill program CEO Maricela Garcia, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning Libby Doggett.