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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.”

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    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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    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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    Brain Terms Glossary

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

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Top Stories

Targeting Dyslexia

by Carl Sherman

Researchers turn to infants and “pre-readers” to see if difficulty in reading changes the brain or if the differences were there to begin with.

Refining the Connections: New Insights into Adolescent Brain Development

by Kayt Sukel

Why do so many disorders, especially schizophrenia, develop in adolescence? University of Cambridge researchers find myelination increases even as gray matter decreases, in “normal” teens—especially in areas linking brain networks.

A Solution to a Surplus

by Guy McKhann, MD


What are we to do with this apparent surplus of neuroscience graduates? Our monthly column from Brain in the News.



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.

Paving the Way for Apps in Mental Health Care

by Kayt Sukel

MentalHealthApps (thmb)The World Health Organization estimates that 55 percent of individuals in developed countries like the U.S. are not getting the mental health treatment they require. Can mental health apps help fill the void for those who lack access to in-person care? One of our series of Briefing Papers.



The Human Connectome Project: Progress and Prospects

September 13, 2016

by David C. Van Essen, Ph.D.,
and Matthew F. Glasser, Ph.D.

 Cerebrum - article

As the first phase of one of the most ambitious projects in the history of neuroscience comes to a close, one early and influential leader and his younger colleague explain its evolution and underpinnings.

Events and Deadlines

Design a Brain Experiment Competition for US High School Students

9/12/2016- 1/11/2017

The Dana Foundation

United States

Free Webinar: Advances in the Neurobiology of Mental Illness


The New York Academy of Sciences

New York, NY

Technology, the Brain, and Audience Expectation: Vying for Attention in Generation Elsewhere


DeVos Institute of Arts Management

Washington, DC

Emerging Paradigms in Drug Discovery & Chemical Biology


The New York Academy of Sciences

New York, NY

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

It’s no secret that exercise and physical activity are central to public health. But does a healthy body equal a healthy brain? This Capitol Hill Briefing took place September 7, 2016; panelists were Arthur Kramer, PhD; Jim Koenig, PhD; and Sarah Ingersoll, MS, MBA, RN.