The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives


 Who We Are

The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives is a nonprofit organization committed to advancing public awareness about the progress and promise of brain research and to disseminating information on the brain in an understandable and accessible fashion. 


The Dana Alliance includes more than 600 members joined by the common interest in advancing public awareness about the brain and brain research. Recognized as leaders in their respective fields, they are among the world’s foremost authorities on neuroscientific research and clinical neurology topics.  Each has made a personal commitment to support the mission of the Dana Alliance through active participation in outreach and educational activities. Among the current members, 15 have received the Nobel Prize.    

   Alliance Members  (as of June 2019)

Membership Criteria

New candidates for membership are nominated by members of the Alliance, reviewed first by its Membership Committee and ratified by the Dana Alliance Executive Committee.  Membership criteria include:

a) high credibility and scientific expertise as a researcher or clinician in the neurosciences, and

b) a willingness and motivation to participate in Alliance activities and events, including acting as a resource for media requests; writing and/or reviewing Dana materials; advising staff members, and lending one’s name in support of the Alliance’s mission.


Dana Alliance Staff

Based in New York, staff members are responsible for working with Alliance members forging partnerships with other organizations in support of the Alliance's mission, creating and implementing educational and outreach programs, and developing materials to increase awareness about the benefits of brain research.

Barbara E. Gill
Executive Vice President, The Dana Foundation

Barbara D. Best
Executive Director

Laura Reynolds
Director, Cognitive Fitness Initiative

Kathleen M. Roina
Director of Outreach and Education

Amanda Bastone
Project Associate
Campaign Coordinator, Brain Awareness Week

Brandon Barrera
Public Affairs Assistant