Cerebrum 2016: Emerging Ideas in Brain Science

Edited by Bill Glovin
Foreword by Guy McKhann, M.D.

Paperback • $12.95 • 198 pages 
ISBN: 978-1-932594-60-7
Published March 2017

Cerebrum 2016 offers new and provocative ideas in neuroscience and book reviews from a cross-section of prominent neuroscientists and policy makers, including David C. Van Essen, Shekhar Saxema, Ellen Silbergeld, Karel Svoboda, and Michael Baumann. Drawn from the highly regarded Web edition, article topics include the global mental health crisis, neurotoxins in drinking water, the state of neurofunding, terrorist thinking, and a new approach to epilepsy.

Guy McKhann, M.D., the scientific advisor to the Dana Foundation, provides additional insight in his Foreword, particularly regarding gene editing and its potential to impact various brain disorders such as schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease.


Guy McKhann. M.D.


Chapter 1: The Changing Face of Recreational Drug Use
By Michael H. Baumann, Ph.D.

Chapter 2: Lithium to the Rescue
By Richard S. Jope, Ph.D., and Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D.

Chapter 3: The Malignant Protein Puzzle
By Lary C. Walker, Ph.D., and Mathias Jucker, Ph.D.

Chapter 4: Imaging the Neural Symphony
By Karel Svoboda, Ph.D.

Chapter 5: A New Approach for Epilepsy
By Raymond Dingledine, Ph.D., and Bjonar Hassel, M.D., Ph.D.

Chapter 6: The Neuro Funding Roller Coaster
By Harry M. Tracy, Ph.D.

Chapter 7: Drinking Water and the Developing Brain
By Ellen K. Silbergeld, Ph.D.

Chapter 8: Making Mental Health a Global Priority
By Shekhar Saxena, M.D., and Patricio V. Marquez, Sc.M.

Chapter 9: The Human Connectome Project: Progress and Prospects
By David C. Van Essen, Ph.D., and Matthew F. Glasser, Ph.D.

Chapter 10: The Evolving View of Astrocytes
By Phillip G. Haydon, Ph.D.

Chapter 11: Understanding the Terrorist Mind
By Emile Bruneau, Ph.D.

Chapter 12: Finding the Hurt in Pain
By Irene Tracey, Ph.D.

Book Reviews

Chapter 13: John Seamon’s Memory & Movies: What Films Can Teach Us about Memory
By Alan A. Stone, M.D.

Chapter 14: David Casarett’s Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana
By Bradley E. Alger, Ph.D.

Chapter 15: Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s Advice for a Young Investigator
By Michael L. Anderson, Ph.D.

Chapter 16: Shane O’Mara’s Why Torture Doesn’t Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation
By Moheb Costandi, M.Sc.


“This new Cerebrum anthology, filled with interesting articles about the brain and its disorders, illustrates once again why brain science is so exciting for both the scientists who practice it and for the general public that reads and talks about it.” 
    –Nobel laureate Eric R. Kandel, Director, Kavli Institute for Brain Science, Columbia University College of physicians and Surgeons.

“What a splendid collection of readable, compact and teach-me-something-I-didn’t-knows. Ranging from the skinny on new street drugs, to a whole new slant on epilepsy and its treatment and on to Ramon y Cajal’s timeless and priceless advice to a young scientist–which is also entirely apt for mature scientists. These essays are bound to bestir a fascination for neuroscience.”
    –Patricia S. Churchland, Professor of Philosophy (emerita) at the University of California, San Diego

“The Cerebrum anthology is a collection of carefully selected, insightful and highly enjoyable essays on topics of keen interest to all in the neurosciences.  These are the latest perspectives from the best workers and writers on topics related to brain function and brain disorders. The surprise in just viewing the contents is ‘how did I miss this’ or ‘I’ve got to read that.’ ”
    –Mahlon DeLong W. P. Timmie Professor of Neurology at Emory University School of Medicine