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    Q&A with Wise Young

    What would the next scientific revolution look like? That's the subject of this month’s Cerebrum article, "You Say You Want a Revolution.” We ask a few questions of co-author Wise Young.  

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    Cerebrum Book Reviews: Madness and Memory

    Prions, which are infectious proteins that cause neural degeneration, are responsible for ravaging the brains of animals suffering from scrapie and mad cow disease, and of humans with a variant of mad cow disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Author and prion researcher Stanley Prusiner tells the story of how he and others identified prions and convinced others that they did, indeed, exist.

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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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    European Dana Alliance Members Share Nobel in Medicine

    British-American researcher John O'Keefe and Norwegian researchers May-Britt Moser and Edvard I, Moser were awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovering “an inner GPS, in the brain,” that makes navigation possible for virtually all creatures. The Mosers, members of the European Dana Alliance for the Brain, wrote on their research for Cerebrum in March: "Mapping Your Every Move."

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    Blog: SfN 2014 Science Educator Award

    The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) awarded its Science Educator Award to Susana Martinez-Conde, for her mentoring and outreach to the public, including starting the annual "Best Illusion of the Year" award and inviting magicians and neuroscientists to the same stage. SfN President Carol Mason presented her the award on Saturday during the group’s annual meeting, in Washington, DC. This is the first year the Dana Foundation has sponsored this award.

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Top Stories

The Brain–Gut Axis and Neuropsychiatric Disease: A Paradigm Shift

by Kayt Sukel

“As our understanding of the microbiome grows, we see a new opportunity for new questions and new understanding of brain disorders ranging from autism and depression,” says one researcher at the recent Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. Others agree. 

Seeking the Neural Signature of Consciousness

by Kayt Sukel

Cambridge researchers using EEG find network activity differs among minimally conscious patients, and the possibility of predicting the potential to communicate even in non-responsive people.

Environmental Influence on the Developing Brain

by Carl Sherman

A panel at the recent Aspen Brain Forum discussed how certain social and psychological aspects of environment influence biology and behavior.

Nutrition and Brain Development

by Carl Sherman

Speakers on an Aspen Brain Forum panel about nutrition focused on iron deficiency—the most common single nutrient deficiency in the world—and its effects on neurodevelopment.

Probing Synaptic Pruning

by Brenda Patoine

Beth StevensDana grantee Beth Stevens, Ph.D., discusses the unexpected roles immune cells play in normal brain development and disease. One of our series of Scientist Q&As.


What Does it Mean to be ‘Amyloid Positive?’

by Jim Schnabel

Studies suggest amyloid accumulates for 3 decades or more before dementia symptoms show.

Truth, Lies, and False Memories: Neuroscience in the Courtroom

by Craig Stark, PhD

Craig Stark, Ph.D.Our constant exposure to over-inflated claims of what technologies like neuroimaging can do are leading to a form of collective false memory in the form of an unreasonable expectation of what the technology can prove. One of our series of Reports on Progress.

The Truth Behind Brain Games

by Guy McKhann, MD

Guy_McKhann_thmbThe public is often sold the idea that brain games will increase intelligence and delay or reverse the negative cognitive effects of again. Some critics say they are worthless. What's the truth? From our free print publication, Brain in the News.


You Say You Want a Revolution?

December 5, 2014

by Wise Young, MD, PhD, and Patricia Morton, PhD 

 Cerebrum - article - August 2014

From the frontlines of spinal cord research, Wise Young and Patricia Morton lean on lessons from the past, their own experience, and events still unfolding as they raise questions about the future of all scientific research.



Reaction to “Equal ≠ The Same: Sex Differences in the Human Brain” 

Cerebrum - April 2014 - article - thumbnailA recent Cerebrum article by Larry Cahill about sex differences in the human brain has prompted a group of women academicians to respond and for the author to reply to their response. We encourage you to evaluate both points of view, as well as the original article, and form your own opinion. 



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The Science of Illusion: After a performance by illusionist Alain Nu, panelists Richard Restak, Stephen L. Macknik, and Susana Martinez-Conde, explain the aspects of visual, sensory and cognitive neuroscience that help us fool ourselves; at AAAS in Washington, DC, on Oct. 28, 2014.