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  • Educators & Researchers

Briefing Papers

Briefing Papers and Primers take an in-depth look at basic and timely brain-related topics, like traumatic brain injury and obesity. 

 

Grants 

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.

 Lessons and Activities

Science history, lessons, and activities, and news are covered at these sites.

Reports on Progress

Reviews by eminent neuroscientists of specific areas of research, including normal function, disease, and new technologies. 

Neuroeducation 

News, events, and commentary on bridging neuroscience and education.

Neuroethics 

News and analysis on the implications of brain research.

Lending Library 

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.

Q&As with Neuroscientists 

Interviews with Dana-funded researchers.


Recent Articles 

 

The Brain-Games Conundrum: Does Cognitive Training Really Sharpen the Mind?

Do you misplace your keys regularly? Forget appointments? Have trouble remembering names? No worries. A host of companies promise to “train” your brain with games designed to stave off mental decline. Regardless of their effectiveness, their advertising has convinced tens of thousands of people to open their wallets. As our authors review the research on cognitive-training products, they expose the science surrounding the benefits of brain games as sketchy at best.



Fear and the Brain, an Introduction

Researchers are teasing out brain areas and networks that respond to threats, real and imagined.



What Does it Mean to be ‘Amyloid Positive?’

Studies suggest amyloid accumulates for 3 decades or more before dementia symptoms show.



Probing Synaptic Pruning

Dana grantee Beth Stevens, Ph.D., discusses the unexpected roles immune cells play in normal brain development and disease. One of our series of Scientist Q&As.



All About A4: An Important Test of Alzheimer’s Prevention

Researchers, doctors, and patients await the results of the first clinical trial to prevent Alzheimer’s in ordinary elderly people.



With A Little Help from Our Friends: How the Brain Processes Empathy

Why are certain individuals born with a brain that is wired to help others? What daily habits or life experiences reinforce compassion but also selfishness, narcissism, and psychopathy? Social neuroscience models have assumed that people simply rely on their own emotions as a reference for empathy, but recent studies suggest neurobiological underpinnings for how the brain processes empathy. A better understanding of these processes, says the author, could lead to more social cohesion and less antisocial harm in society. 



Truth, Lies, and False Memories: Neuroscience in the Courtroom

Truth, Lies, and False Memories: Neuroscience in the Courtroom Craig Stark, Ph.D., Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine 2014-10-15 Craig Stark, Ph.D. View Article a



The Secrets of Cerebrospinal Fluid

Discovery that the fluid between brain cells acts as sewer lines while we sleep has some researchers theorizing that we might find biomarkers that could predict diseases at a much earlier stage.



Taking Out The Garbage: New Hope for Treating Neurodegeneration

Dementias, ALS, and Huntington’s show different outward symptoms, but researchers theorize the disease process may be similar—a buildup of proteins that normally are cleared away.



Sleep Deprivation Increases Susceptibility to False Memories

Learning false information when sleepy can change a person’s memory of a photograph, researchers find.



Placebo Effects Offer Window to Individual Differences in Treatment Response

The so-called placebo effect is defined as a psychological experience of improvement in health after the administration of an inert substance or a sham physical treatment such as sham surgery, along with verbal suggestions (or any other cue) of clinical benefit.



All About A4: An Important Test of Alzheimer’s Prevention

Researchers, doctors, and patients await the results of the first clinical trial to prevent Alzheimer’s in ordinary elderly people.



The Link Between Depression, Sleep, and Stress

 Researchers discussed the molecular mechanisms linking sleep to depression and stress at the 9th FENS Forum of Neuroscience in Milan last month.



Can Hearing Loss Predict—or Lead to—Cognitive Decline?

Possible links between impaired hearing and loss of cognitive abilities raise the tantalizing possibility that restoring hearing could slow cognitive decline.



The Neurobiology of Resilience

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.



Being Mindful about Novel Brain Research

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?