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Staying Sharp 

The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives' Staying Sharp program includes live public forums, printed and printable resources, and videos.

Reports on Progress

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

Briefing Papers

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

Recent Articles 


Big Data on Healthy Brain Aging

To tease out what distinguishes the aging brain from the diseased brain, researchers are collecting reams of data, from types of neurons in the brain to changes in people’s behavior.

Can A Purpose-Driven Life Help Protect the Aging Brain?

New research suggests that ‘eudaimonic well-being’ might dampen harmful inflammation and delay Alzheimer’s

Destroying the Brain through Immunity

The brain has long been viewed as somewhat protected from attack by the body’s immune system.  Apart from the autoimmune disease multiple sclerosis, in most of the brain disorders that have been studied, such as epilepsy, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, the immune system was not believed to play a major role.

Fine-Tuning Deep Brian Stimulation

Interest is high in using DBS to treat a variety of psychiatric diseases, but the surgical technique is young and clunky. Grants from the military and other initiatives will help researchers better pinpoint target areas to help more patients.

Past Music Training May Help Compensate for Some Age-Related Declines

People who studied music as children—and stopped when they were children—performed better at some hearing tasks decades later than those who never studied music.

What is ‘Healthy’ Cognitive Aging?

Even without a disease such as Alzheimer’s, the aging brain does show signs of wear. Researchers look to the molecular level to see if they can slow the ‘normal’ progress.

Does Depression Change the Way People Perceive the World?

A series of small studies suggests low mood may affect a range of senses.

Why Is Sleep So Important?

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.

Brain Imaging Technologies and Their Applications in Neuroscience

Brain Imaging Technologies and Their Applications in Neuroscience 2011 10 12 By Carolyn Asbury, Ph.D. With appreciation to