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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

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.

An Antidepressant to Prevent Alzheimer’s?

by Jim Schnabel

Scientists report promising results from a small clinical trial of an SSRI drug to lower amyloid beta levels, but years of further tests lie ahead.

FENS: How Far Should Brain Researchers Go?

by Moheb Costandi

How much should we enhance our brains, how far should we go to treat risky pre-term pregnancies, and when can we morally do research on people having surgery for something else were among the topics at the William Safire Seminar on Neuroethics.

Obesity Linked to Changes in Brain’s White Matter Structure—and Cognition

by Kayt Sukel

Reducing fat levels in obese mice through exercise or surgery appears to result in better cognitive performance.

Q&A: Music, Art, and Cognitive Benefit: Separating Fact from Fallacy

by Brenda Patoine

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Dana grantee Elizabeth Spelke discusses the future direction of arts and cognition research, and puts into perspective the media attention given to her recently published study on the effects of music classes on math abilities in children. One of our series of Scientist Q & As


Podcast: Alzheimer's Disease: Prospects for a Cure

By The New York Academy of Sciences

The search for a treatment for Alzheimer's Disease becomes increasingly urgent as global populations grow and age. In this podcast, leading experts from different sections of the research and development pipeline discuss cutting-edge approaches to developing treatments.

Using Optogenetics and Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drugs (DREADDs)

By Christie D. Fowler, Ph.D., Brian Lee, Ph.D., and Paul J. Kenny, Ph.D.

Techniques like optogenetics and DREADDs, which control neuronal activity, are revolutionizing our understanding of the central nervous system. Understanding each technique's advantages and disadvantages, and tailoring their use to best address the specific research question under consideration, is key. One of our series of Reports on Progress.


The Age Gauge: Older Fathers Having Children

July 1, 2014

by Brian M. D’Onofrio, Ph.D., and Paul Lichtenstein, Ph.D. 

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Is there a link between a father’s age and his child’s vulnerability to psychiatric problems? Two recent studies suggest that children born to middle-aged men are more likely than their older siblings to develop a range of mental difficulties, including bipolar disorder, autism, and schizophrenia.

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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.