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.
New policy for US National Institutes of Health funding will require that researchers propose studies that have balance of male and female cells, tissues, or animals.
Scientists have reported promising rejuvenation experiments on mouse brains-but it isn't clear that such results can be translated usefully into human therapies.
techniques that allow researchers to control the activity of a subset of
neurons are revolutionizing our understanding of how the central nervous system
works. Whether to use optogenetics (light) or DREADDs (drugs) as a means to
control neuronal activity depends on which question you wish to answer.
that researchers have the technology to test the hypothesis that myelin is a
simple, regular axonal insulator, they find it isn’t true. Now the fun begins.
published in the past few years suggests that longer years of formal study can
strengthen the brain, making it more resistant to the ravages of old age—and
perhaps mitigating the damage that occurs after traumatic brain injury.
The loss of the REST protein from neurons appears to be an important early event in neurodegenerative disease. Researchers now are looking for ways to restore it in the elderly.
Using DTI, researchers find brain "biomarkers" that identify who has the at-risk variation of a gene for a late onset fragile X-associated syndrome. Others are using PET scanning to track the plaques associated with Alzheimer's years before symptoms show.
investigating the gene that directs the building of protein BDNF find that
people with one variation seem to recover more slowly and less well than those
with other variations.
With the widening economic gap between the haves and the have-nots in mind, our author examines new research that ties family income level and other factors to helping children develop the language, memory, and life skills that tilts the odds in their favor later in life.
Deaf people who learned American Sign Language first show differences in brain structure compared with deaf people who learned to lip-read English first.
In this Q&A with Dana Director of Communications, Ann Whitman, editor Jane Nevins explains the differences between writing for the lay public versus scientist peers, how identifying the reader helps plot one's narrative course, and why her new book, You've Got Some Explaining to Do, extends to readers beyond those in the neuroscience community.
Either as “handmaidens to
neurons” or as actors in their own right, researchers find glial cells show
powerful effects in mouse models of disease.
While the use of solitary confinement in US prisons has grown in recent decades, so has research showing its lasting harmful effects.
High-schoolers who had only two years of music training got faster and did better at understanding speech in noise than peers who took a ROTC course instead. These skills are important for reading as well as understanding spoken language.
Defendants are “blaming the brain” not only to mitigate sentences after conviction, but in their defense, of crimes from homicide to fraud. At the recent Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, Nita Farahany described the types of cases where neuro-evidence is already being used.
Ten years ago a landmark study showed that the structure of the brains of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) differs from that of unaffected children. Since that study, enhancements in imaging have given researchers a better look at key hubs in the brain and how they network—advances that could prove useful in the control and treatment of ADHD in both children and adults.
Many recent studies have demonstrated that sleep benefits all aspects of neural plasticity. Currently under investigation are the underlying cellular mechanisms, which should explain why these benefits can only be obtained when the brain is off-line. One of our series of Reports on Progress.
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?
Much progress has been made when it comes to dealing with patients in minimally-conscious states, offering more hope than in the past.