The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives
The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives was officially launched in 1993.
Its founding members pledged their commitment to advancing public awareness and
education about the progress and promise of brain research, and to disseminating
information on the brain in an understandable and accessible manner. It now has over 550 members in the United States and abroad.
In 2013, DABI celebrated its 20th Anniversary and applauded the efforts of its members. The Timeline below
commemorates the significant achievements of the Dana Alliance during the past
Coordinated by the Dana
Alliance for Brain Initiatives, Brain Awareness Week unites the efforts of
universities, hospitals, patient advocacy groups, professional associations,
government agencies, service organizations, and K-12 schools around the world in
a week-long celebration of the brain.
For the Cognitive Fitness Initiative the Alliance develops programs
and resources focused on the factors that may contribute to a brain healthy
lifestyle throughout adulthood. The Your Brain at Work series, part of the
Initiative, explores brain science issues that relate to the mature worker,
offering information about what employees can do to maintain cognitive fitness
and how their employers can assist. The Dana Alliance partnered with The
Conference Board to create this series, in order to raise awareness among both
workers and employers of the benefits of brain fitness.
Lending Library is a Dana Alliance collaboration with university neuroscience departments to provide models, posters, and related materials for use in outreach education. A program must be established with schools or other community educational outreach organizations on a continuous basis.
The Dana Alliance is committed to educating teachers and
students about neuroscience as a means of inspiring the next generation of
neuroscientists. The Alliance's neuroscience education initiatives include
developing programs and partnering with other organizations to provide tools for
teachers and students.
Each year, in celebration of Brain
Awareness Week, the Dana Alliance organizes the New York City Regional Brain Bee
competition, open to all New York City and Westchester County high school
students in grades 9-12. The winner of the Bee is eligible to compete in the
United States National Brain Bee.
Staying Sharp focuses on understanding how the brain works and
maximizing brain function and health. The program includes a series of live
public forums, booklets available for download in English and Spanish, and a DVD
program. Staying Sharp is presented by the Dana Alliance in collaboration with
NRTA: AARP’s Educator Community and with support from MetLife Foundation.
The Healthy Brain Initiative is a free online resource on the brain and brain health to help Scout Leaders create programs for their scouts. At dana.org/scouts there is a leader's guide with instructions on content for the program, ideas, how-to tips and supply lists for activities/experiments and downloadable materials to distribute. The program hopes to encourage brain healthy lifestyles as well as encourage the development of future neuroscientists.
European Dana Alliance for the Brain
The European Dana Alliance for the Brain (EDAB) is a society of more than 260 eminent brain scientists, including five Nobel laureates, that is committed
to enhancing the public understanding of brain research. EDAB has offices in
London, UK; and Lausanne, Switzerland.