News and analysis on the implications of brain science

Mental Health Disorders in Prison

by Barbara Sahakian

Dana Blog | July 28, 2015

More mentally ill persons are in jails and prisons than in hospitals, and many of those remain untreated.

Should Colorado Execute James Holmes?

by Dahlia Lithwick

Slate | July 21, 2015

A jury will soon sentence the mentally ill mass murderer.

No New Neuroscience Without Neuroethics

by James Giordano

BioMed Central: On Health | July 8, 2015

In this guest blog, Prof. James Giordano, co-Editor-in-Chief of Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine, calls for the field and practices of neuroethics to address and steer neuroscientific research and its applications.

Drug Addiction and Incarceration: A Public Luncheon Briefing

AAAS and the Dana Foundation | July 7, 2015

An overwhelming majority of felony incarcerations involve substance abuse, costing states and the federal government tens of billions of dollars. What is the correlation between drug addiction and crime, what are leading scientists working on to address this problem, and are there policy solutions to remediate this issue? Come join the discussion and listen to two leading experts in the field discuss the nexus of drug addiction and incarceration. For questions, please contact Sara Spizzirri at 202-326-6789 or

Imaging of Cognitive Impairment from Soccer Heading-Related Brain Injury

by Jim Schnabel

The Dana Foundation | June 29, 2015

Dana Foundation grantee Michael Lipton is looking at the cumulative effect of heading impacts by monitoring changes in brain structure and function with diffusion tensor imaging and cognitive tests.

Juvenile Justice Reform in NY State: Raise the Age

by Catharine Hill and Abigail Baird

Huffington Post | June 16, 2015

Vassar’s College’s president and its associate professor of psychology join forces to argue against placing New York’s 16 and 17 year olds in the adult prison system.

Science, Now Under Scrutiny Itself

by Benedict Carey

The New York Times | June 15, 2015

Retractions are on the rise in science journals, fueling discussions about how to reduce misconduct.

Medical Use of Marijuana Doesn’t Increase Youths’ Use, Study Finds

by Benedict Carey

The New York Times | June 15, 2015

Teen use of marijuana has not increased in states where medical marijuana is legal, according to a recent analysis.

Disease or Diversity: Learning from Autism

by Jillybeth Burgado

The Neuroethics Blog | May 26, 2015

A senior undergraduate at Emory University explores the meaning of neurodiversity and whether or not advances in autism research should include a reclassification of the condition, currently regarded as a “disability” in need of a cure.

“Addiction itself is not a crime, it’s a disease.”

by The NIDA Blog Team

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Blog | May 18, 2015

The Gloucester, Massachusetts police department has made a policy shift in how it treats drug addicted people who present themselves at a police station.

How Should Society Treat Addiction?

by Moheb Costandi

The Dana Foundation | April 20, 2015

Recent research reveals the neural mechanisms underlying the transition from voluntary to compulsive drug-taking. Scientists and neuroethicists argued what could be done to help people and society during a symposium at the BNA Festival of Neuroscience.

INS Elects Judy Illes to Serve as President

International Neuroethics Society | April 16, 2015

The International Neuroethics Society has elected Judy Illes as its next president, starting her two-year term in February 2016. Illes, a longtime Dana Alliance member is a professor of neurology at the University of British Columbia and Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics.

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