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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

A New Approach for Epilepsy

(Listen to Q&A with Raymond Dingledine, Ph.D., and Bjørnar Hassel, M.D., Ph.D.)
A new study has found that inhibiting an enzyme that is critical in metabolic communication has an anti-seizure effect in epileptic mice. These findings may very well initiate a shift to new therapeutic approaches for the many people who suffer from seizures and convulsions and who are treatment-resistant.

Depression, the Placebo Effect, and the Brain

People who react strongly to placebos also react strongly to antidepressants, and vice versa, according to new research. Splitting clinical trials by reactor/nonreactor might help researchers better test a potential drug’s effectiveness.

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.