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    Students: Design a Brain Experiment

    The Dana Foundation is asking U.S. high school students to submit their most creative brain experiment ideas to the fourth annual Design a Brain Experiment Competition. Submissions must test an idea about the brain, anything from examining the effects of art on the adolescent brain to exploring alternative treatments for Alzheimer's disease. Students should not complete their experiments, so be creative!

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    Patterning the Brain

    Molecular neurobiologist Dennis O'Leary described his work on mechanisms of development, giving the European Dana Alliance for the Brain (EDAB) / Max Cowan special lecture at the 9th FENS Forum of Neuroscience.

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    Cerebrum Book Reviews: Funny Science

    In Robert Provine's review of Ha: The Science of When We Laugh and Why and The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny, he leans on his own analysis of simple instincts such as laughing and yawning and his research for his own book, Laughter: A Scientific Investigation.

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    Three Win Awards for Neuroscience Outreach

    Dr. Mara Dierssen (Spain), Mary Baker MBE (UK), and the Hellenic Society for Neuroscience (Greece) will be awarded prestigious prizes linked to their outreach efforts on behalf of neuroscience. The awards were presented during the FENS Forum in July.

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    Staying Sharp Mandarin Inspires More Events

    The first-ever Staying Sharp program in Mandarin was such a success that the Foundation is working with local partners and senior centers in other Mandarin-speaking communities in New York to present a series of mini-Staying Sharp sessions. Sessions will start later this month and run for the rest of the year. 

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Top Stories

More Evidence That Vitamin D Protects Against Alzheimer’s

by Jim Schnabel

Lower vitamin D levels linked to higher dementia risk in two separate studies.

The Link Between Depression, Sleep, and Stress

by Moheb Costandi

Researchers discussed the molecular mechanisms linking sleep to depression and stress at the 9th FENS Forum of Neuroscience in Milan last month.

Closing the Gap Between Cochlear Implants and Natural Hearing

by Carl Sherman

Approaches include stimulating the growth of nerve fibers to improve sound perception and scanning the cortex to improve the device’s programming.

Can Hearing Loss Predict—or Lead to—Cognitive Decline?

by Jeremy Shere

Possible links between impaired hearing and loss of cognitive abilities raise the tantalizing possibility that restoring hearing could slow cognitive decline.

Why Studies of Fighting Fruit Flies Are Relevant to Understanding Human Aggression

By David J. Anderson, Ph.D.

Even though the brain of a fly doesn’t look like our own brain, it appears to follow certain basic principles in how it uses its neurons to control behavior, which may generalize to “higher” organisms, including humans. One of our series of Reports on Progress.

Beyond Serotonin: Depression at the microRNA Level

by Kayt Sukel

Researchers focusing on glutamate pathways may have found a potential biomarker for the mood disorder.

Autism Remains a Mystery, but Help May Be on the Horizon

AAAS Capitol Hill Briefing

As autism prevalence rises, early behavioral intervention is key, experts say, and insights on brain signaling could lead to new treatments. A report from a Capitol Hill briefing in July. See also links to video of the briefing.

The Neurobiology of Resilience

Brenda Patoine

Most drug development for depression has focused on undoing the bad effects of stress, but new research suggests that finding ways to induce resilience could lead to new treatments. One of our series of Briefing Papers.

Stem Cell Transplants Show Promise for Future Parkinson’s Treatments

by Kayt Sukel

Cells transplanted into brains of people with late-stage Parkinson’s remained functional for more than a decade after implant.

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The Time of Your Life

August 4, 2014

by Paolo Sassone-Corsi, Ph.D.

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The circadian rhythm—the 24-hour cycle of the physiological processes of living beings—helps determine the sleeping and feeding patterns of almost all living things. Clear patterns of brain-wave activity, hormone production, cell regeneration, and other biological activities are linked to a daily cycle that reacts to daylight and darkness. Two relatively new areas of research have the potential for advancing medical insight.

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Press conference on the neuroethics of "Recording and Manipulating the Brain: How Far Can We Go? How Far Should We Go?" at the 9th FENS Forum of Neuroscience, Milan, Italy, July 7, 2014.