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    Q&A with Adam Kaplin

    Adam Kaplin, MD, PhD, is co-author of this month’s Cerebrum feature, "New Movement in Neuroscience: A Purpose-Driven Life..” Purpose in Life (PIL) is a research area that  links the belief that your life has meaning and purpose to a robust and persistently improved physiological health outcome—particularly as a way to treat dementia, spinal cord injuries, stroke, and immunological and cardiovascular issues that include but extend beyond the brain.

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    NYAS Podcasts: Dementia Decoded

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    Cerebrum Anthology 2014

     Cerebrum is back in book form by popular demand. The Anthology brings together more than a dozen articles and book reviews from the 2014 monthly Web edition, offering inquisitive readers the chance to read about new and provocative ideas in neuroscience from a cross-section of prominent neuroscientists. Available now at Amazon.

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    Cerebrum Book Reviews: Power Foods for the Brain

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One of our series of Reports on Progress.


New Movement in Neuroscience: A Purpose-Driven Life

June 1, 2015

by Adam Kaplin, MD, PhD, and Laura Anzaldi

 Cerebrum - article

Purpose in Life (PIL) links the belief that your life has meaning and purpose to a robust and persistently improved physiological outcome—particularly in the treatment of dementia, spinal cord injuries, and stroke. While it has inspired significant research, the authors contend that PIL is underappreciated, given its potential importance and interest to both the clinical and lay communities.

Events and Deadlines

June Late Night Science


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Portland, OR

3rd Annual Portland International Neuroscience Symposium

7/17/2015- 7/19/2015

Portland, OR

Alzheimer's Disease and Tau: Pathogenic Mechanisms and Therapeutic Approaches


The New York Academy of Sciences

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