• AAAS-10May2017

    Neuroscience and Society: The Opioid Epidemic

    “We’ve moved from an epidemic to a crisis” in opioid abuse in the United States, said Daniel Ciccarone, M.D., MPH, during a recent Neuroseries panel discussion at AAAS in Washington, DC. He and fellow panelists Karen Drexler, M.D., and NIDA director Nora Volkow, M.D., discussed how we got here and how we might fix it while also helping people in severe pain.

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  • Ted Dinan

    Gut Feelings on Parkinson’s and Depression

    The microbiota in our gut has become one of the new frontiers in neuroscience. Ted Dinan, M.D., Ph.D., professor of psychiatry in the APC Microbiome Institute at University College Cork in Ireland and coauthor of our most recent Cerebrum article, “Gut Feelings on Parkinson’s and Depression,” discusses his lab’s research and a host of issues surrounding what many call “the second genome.”

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    Cerebrum Anthology 2016

    Cerebrum is back in book form by popular demand. The Anthology brings together more than a dozen articles and book reviews from the 2016 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 and Chicago Distribution Center.

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    Successful Aging and Your Brain

    It’s never too late to start living a brain-healthy life! Check out our new 90-second video of four steps to keep your brain working well as you grow older.

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Top Stories

The Brains that Pull the Triggers

by Moheb Costandi

What leads seemingly ordinary people to lead or join in committing genocidal violence? Researchers at a Paris conference find traces of clues by imaging the brain.

Highlighting Prenatally Damaged Neurons that Remain Vulnerable After Birth

by Sandra Ackerman

Some of the neurons in mice stressed while in embryo show persistent damage. A new technique that pinpoints the harm could help explain individual differences in stress response later in life.

How Type 1 Diabetes Affects the Brain

by Kayt Sukel

The auto-immune disorder makes it harder to regulate glucose levels in the brain. While the focus has been on keeping their numbers above a certain threshold, staying below an upper limit may be equally important.

A New Memory Aid

by Guy McKhann, M.D.


Researchers may have uncovered a new benefit to brain stimulation: enhancing memory. Our monthly column, by Guy McKhann, MD, in Brain in the News.  


Informing Education with Neuroscience

by Moheb Costandi

Teachers want to take advantage of what we’ve learned about the brain and learning, but don’t always know how to tell what is solid science. Researchers at BNA 2017 Festival of Neuroscience described studies in classrooms themselves that show promise.

How Dishonesty Can Snowball

by Neil Garrett, Ph.D.


Once people start lying, they are often more willing to lie for higher and higher stakes. Some of their willingness is due to external factors, but a new line of research is teasing out internal factors, as well.



Genetics and ALS: Cause for Optimism

May 22, 2017

by Roland Pochet, Ph.D.

 Cerebrum - article

While drugs have done little to slow the devastating symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), scientists have identified some 100 related genes that offer the best hope for treatments.

Events and Deadlines

World Science Festival

5/30/2017- 6/4/2017

World Science Festival

New York, NY

Sound Health: Music and the Mind


The Kennedy Center

Washington, DC

Neuroplasticity, Neuroregeneration, and Brain Repair

6/13/2017- 6/14/2017

The New York Academy of Sciences

New York, NY

Merging Minds & Technology: Transform Classrooms with Robotics, Brain Science, and Virtual/Maker Spaces

11/10/2017- 11/12/2017

Learning & the Brain

Boston, MA

Featured Publications

Brain Terms Glossary

Brain Terms Glossary - Find definitions for common brain terms in our newly expanded glossary. (PDF)

Featured Video

The Opioid Epidemic: A Neuroscience & Society event held at AAAS in Washington, DC, on May 10. Speakers: Karen Drexler, M.D., Daniel Ciccarone, M.D., and Nora Volkow, M.D.