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BrainWeb provides information and links to validated sites about brain diseases and disorders from outside sources and from Dana publications.


Successful Aging & Your Brain

The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives' Successful Aging & Your Brain 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

Small Interactions, Big Effects: The Future of Huntington’s Disease Treatment

Researchers investigate an FDA-approved diabetes drug that affects effect on energy production in cells.

Optogenetics Moves Towards the Clinic

Treating inherited retinal disease and deafness are likely near-term applications. 

Where in the Brain is Long-Term Memory?

Synaptic-level changes encode memories in the short term. Could changes at the synapse-support structure, the PNN, encode longer-lasting ones?

Lithium to the Rescue

(Read Q&A with Richard S. Jope, Ph.D.)
The element lithium is given in capsule form as a mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder and depression. New research, however, reveals its role as a neuroprotector, and suggests that enzymes modulated by lithium could lead to new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and other neurodegenerative disorders.

DNA Repair System Implicated in Brain Disorders, Too

DNA damage and repair are widely studied by cancer biologists and immunologists; now neuroscientists are taking a look

The Changing Face of Recreational Drug Use

(Read Q&A with Michael H. Baumann, Ph.D.)
Recent data indicate that 540 different drugs classified as new psychoactive substances (NPS) have been identified worldwide as of 2014, and this number is expected to rise. Our article describes the complexity of the NPS problem, what is known about the molecular mechanisms of action, and highlights some of the considerable challenges in dealing with this emerging issue.