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    Help for Neuroscientists Writing for the Rest of Us

     You've Got Some Explaining to Do offers advice to neuroscientists writing for non-scientists, including targeting your audience, organizing your thoughts, and avoiding jargon and negative wording. $2.99 in paperback; PDF version is free. Paperback available now at Amazon.

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    Winners of the Design a Brain Experiment Competition

    First place goes to Gopika Hari, a junior from Cupertino High School (photo at right), and second place to Nicole Werpachowski, a senior from BARD High School Early College Queens. Congratulations!

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    Q&A: What Neuroimaging Really Measures

    The way fMRIs currently measure neural activity may be more complex than widely thought. Dana Foundation grantee Aniruddha Das explains how he showed that fMRI measures multiple types of neural activity, and how this finding could lead to clearer interpretation of imaging results.

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    Blog: Minority Health Month Interview: Patrick Griffith

    Proportionally, minorities are more likely than whites to have Alzheimer's disease or other dementias in the United States. African Americans are two times more likely than non-Hispanic whites to be affected and Hispanics are 1.5 times more likely. We talk with Dana Alliance member Patrick Griffith, M.D., F.A.A.N., about risks and possible preventives.

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    Thanks for Another Great Brain Awareness Week!

    The official week is done, but there are still some chances for you to take part in the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. Find events in your area by searching the BAW Calendar of Events. BAW 2015 is 16–22 March. Celebrate your gray matter! 

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Top Stories

Gene Variants May Help Predict Recovery from TBI and PTSD

by Kayt Sukel

Researchers 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.

Glycotoxicity: A New Risk Factor for Alzheimer’s?

by Jim Schnabel

Advanced glycation end-products from high-temperature cooking have already been linked to diabetes and heart disease, and scientists are now looking at their effects on the brain.

Protein May Offer Insights into Regenerating Brain Function After Injury

By Kayt Sukel

A single gene in the fruit fly does double duty, spurring neuron connections at larval stage and then again into mature fly. This gene is in humans, as well, but we don’t see a similar effect. Might we learn to reignite this gene’s regrowth properties to help injured people?

Q&A with Jane Nevins, Author of You’ve Got Some Explaining to Do

Jane_Nevins_80Dana Press editor-in-chief emerita 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 writers beyond those in the neuroscience community.

Gene-Environment Interactions in Parkinson’s Disease

By Paul Barrett, PhD, and J. Timothy Greenamyre, MD, PhD

Impairment of mitochondrial function may represent a critical choke point in the cascade of events that lead to PD. When people with a genetic predisposition toward imperfect mitochondria are exposed to certain toxins—whether natural or man-made— bad things may ensue, and this may result in PD. One of our series of Reports on Progress.

Get to Know Your BRAIN

By Guy McKhann, MD

The federal BRAIN Initiative is a worthwhile endeavor, but there are reasons to be skeptical of its potential impact, says Guy McKhann, professor of neurology and neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University. Our monthly column from Brain in the News

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Equal ≠ The Same: Sex Differences in the Human Brain

Apr 1, 2014

By: Larry Cahill, Ph.D.

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While advances in brain imaging confirm that men and women think in their own way and that their brains are different, the biomedical community mainly uses male animals as testing subjects with the assumption that sex differences in the brain hardly matter. This month’s Cerebrum highlights some of the thinking and research that invalidates that assumption. 

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Cerebrum 2013-80

Cerebrum is back in book form by popular demand. The Anthology brings together more than a dozen articles and book reviews from the 2013 monthly Web edition, offering inquisitive readers the chance to read about new and provocative ideas in neuroscience from a cross-section of prominent neuroscientists.

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Sleep, or the lack of it, is the focus of considerable research in the United States, where sleep disorders and sleep deprivation have been associated with poor cognitive performance, behavioral problems, accidents, ill health and other factors that adversely affect quality of life. Sleep, dreaming, and the impact of medicine and society were the subject of a AAAS/Dana Public event in Washington, DC on March 11, 2014.