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    Cerebrum Book Reviews: Power Foods for the Brain

    Can a plant-based diet help stave off dementia and Alzheimer’s disease? Neal Barnard, M.D. makes a case for it in his best-selling book, Power Foods for the Brain and, in his review, David O. Kennedy assesses the merits of the author’s claims.

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    Cerebral Malaria: A Wily Foe—8 Years Later

    Eight years after the Cerebrum story “Cerebral Malaria:  A Wily Foe“ was published, featured researcher Terrie Taylor and colleagues have published a groundbreaking neuroimaging study the New England Journal of Medicine highlighting one of the key differences they were seeking in the brains of children who do and don't survive the infection.

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    Q&A with George Koob, PhD

    Why do some alcohol drinkers transition to addiction while others do not? Why do some soldiers suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) while others do not? That's the topics of this month’s Cerebrum article, "The Darkness Within: Individual Differences in Stress.” We ask some questions of its author, George Koob, Ph.D., director of the National Institute of Alcohol and Alcoholism Abuse (NIAAA).  

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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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    Winners of the Design a Brain Experiment Competition

    First place goes to Moie Uesugi, a senior from BARD High School Early College Queens (photo at right), and second place to home-schooled Alabama ninth grader Christian Gonzalez. Congratulations!

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Top Stories

Targeting Inflammatory Diseases With Electrical Signals

by Jim Schnabel

Kevin TraceyDana grantee Kevin J. Tracey, a pioneer of “bioelectric medicine,” and his colleagues are testing vagus nerve stimulation devices for possible use in severe rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. One of our series of Scientist Q&As.

What Were You Thinking?! – Understanding the Neurobiology of the Teen Brain

by Marisa M. Silveri, Ph.D.

Lauren Parsley

Wrong-headed teen behavior isn’t due necessarily a lack of knowing right from wrong, but rather an inability to hold back the wrong answer or behavior. One of our series of Reports on Progress.

Dana Library and Research Centre Announced by the Science Museum

The Science Museum in London has officially announced the new Dana Library and Research Centre, opening in late 2015.

Can Brain Science Help Promote Good Health?

by Carl Sherman

Can imaging tell us if scary labels on cigarette packages prompt smokers to quit? Researchers look for signs that might track how persuasive psychological and social interventions will be.

Studying the Blind Leads to New Insights in Human Brain Specialization

by Kayt Sukel

Their ability to use brain real estate slotted for vision for touch perception suggests that sense areas could be driven by task, not the type of sense.

Ultrasound for Alzheimer’s?

by Jim Schnabel

Researchers find that focused sound waves can loosen the blood-brain barrier in Alzheimer’s-model mice, resulting in the clearance of amyloid beta from the brain, and big improvements on memory tests.

Aging: Replace or Repair?

by Guy McKhann, MD

Guy_McKhann_thmbMedical problems ranging from hearing loss to Alzheimer's disease can be treated with a "replacement parts" or an "extended warranty" strategy. From our free print publication, Brain in the News.

When the Myth is the Message: Neuromyths and Education

by Kayt Sukel

A recent survey suggests that neuromyths are more pervasive in the educational community than we might think, and this may work against academic achievement. We investigate some of the most common myths, explaining their scientific origins and realities. One of our series of briefing papers. 


The Darkness Within: Individual Differences in Stress

April 1, 2015

by George F. Koob, PhD

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Factors ranging from age and gender to life experiences and cultural background make us react to situations differently. But biological bases, such as the way genetics and neurochemicals affect our brains, are providing insight into addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder, and stresses that we face every day.

Events and Deadlines

2015 Brain Health Fair


Washington, DC

Author's Night: "Neuroscience in Science Fiction Films"


The New York Academy of Medicine, NYC

Non-Motor Symptoms: Unraveling the "Invisible" Face of Parkinson’s Disease


The New York Academy of Sciences

World Science Festival 2015

5/27/2015- 5/31/2015

New York City

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Chronic pain constitutes a serious health, social, and economic issue worldwide. In Washington, DC, last month, three researchers described new findings that are influencing views on pain management and helping guide decisions on treatments, better approaches to educating health professionals, and in policy making.