Briefing Papers and Primers take an in-depth look at basic and timely brain-related topics, like traumatic brain injury and obesity.
The Foundation’s current area of research emphasis is in neuroscience. Selected proposals have the potential to improve human health or functioning. Grants also support improvement in K-12 education.
Science history, lessons, and activities, and news are covered at these sites.
Reviews by eminent neuroscientists of specific areas of research, including normal function, disease, and new technologies.
News, events, and commentary on bridging neuroscience and education.
News and analysis on the implications of brain research.
The Dana Alliance provides brain and neuron models, posters, and related educational materials to neuroscience departments to be used for educational outreach programming at local schools, community centers, museums, summer camps, etc.
Interviews with Dana-funded researchers.
The scientist behind the robotic exoskeleton
demonstration at the opening of last summer's soccer World Cup writes
about the research that led up to the historic event and its potential
to help paraplegics and others suffering from spinal-cord injuries to move by controlling machines with their thoughts.
Lower vitamin D levels linked to higher dementia risk in two separate studies.
discussed the molecular mechanisms linking sleep to depression and stress at
the 9th FENS Forum of Neuroscience in Milan last month.
Approaches include stimulating the growth of nerve fibers to
improve sound perception and scanning the cortex to improve the device’s
links between impaired hearing and loss of cognitive abilities raise the
tantalizing possibility that restoring hearing could slow cognitive decline.
Researchers focusing on glutamate pathways may have found a potential biomarker for the mood disorder.
Stem Cell Transplants Show Promise for Future Parkinson’s Treatments
Parkinson's disease is a debilitating neurodegenerative disorder that targets dopaminergic cells in an area of the brain called the substantia nigra. Most patients are treated with the drug Levodop
Even though the brain of a fly doesn’t look like our own brain, it appears to follow certain basic principles in how it uses its neurons to control behavior, which may generalize to “higher” organisms, including humans. One of our series of Reports on Progress.
Most drug development for depression has focused on undoing the bad effects of stress, but new research suggests that finding ways to induce resilience could lead to new treatments. One of our series of Briefing Papers.
We’ve heard a lot lately about brain-to-machine communication, and now there are first steps toward brain-to-brain communication. How do we prevent news of incremental discoveries from transporting our imaginations way too far?