• 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 

 

Brain-to-Brain Interfaces: When Reality Meets Science Fiction

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.



More Evidence That Vitamin D Protects Against Alzheimer’s

Lower vitamin D levels linked to higher dementia risk in two separate studies.



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.



Closing the Gap Between Cochlear Implants and Natural Hearing

Approaches include stimulating the growth of nerve fibers to improve sound perception and scanning the cortex to improve the device’s programming.



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.



Beyond Serotonin: Depression at the microRNA Level

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

Stem Cell Transplants Show Promise for Future Parkinson’s Treatments 2014-07-24 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



Why Studies of Fighting Fruit Flies Are Relevant to Understanding Human Aggression

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.



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?