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    Kudos for a Great Brain Awareness Week!

    Partners held more than 790 events around the globe to celebrate the brain this year! There are still a few more happening during the rest of the month: Check the Calendar for one near you.

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    Cerebrum Book Review

    After a distinguished career as a professor at Emory University and San Diego State University, this left-handed author—whose mother was also a southpaw—examines left-handedness in the context of studies that have contested the classifications and meanings of disability, forcing researchers to re-examine their assumptions and attitudes about disability while challenging public policies aimed at them.

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    Successful Aging and Your Brain

    The Successful Aging & Your Brain program focuses on understanding how the brain works and maximizing brain function and health. The program includes live public forums, videos, and printed resources.

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    Alabama to Beijing... and Back: The Search for a Pain Gene

    Stephen G. Waxman, M.D., Ph.D.,talks about his Cerebrum article, “Alabama to Beijing… and Back: The Search for a Pain Gene,” his work as founding director of Yale University’s Neuroscience & Regeneration Research Center, and his love affair with neuroscience.

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    Lesson Plans for K-5

    Introducing our new lesson plans for students K-5! Build-a-Brain, Protect Your Brain, and Expose Your Nose each have lesson plans and teacher PowerPoints.

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Top Stories

Connecting the Dots to Find a Protein that Affects Tau

by Kayt Sukel

Stanley-Prusiner-March18-80A variety of brain troubles can trigger tau to form tangles, leading to diseases like chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and Alzheimer’s. While working to develop much-needed animal models that mimic the tricky process, Dana Foundation grantee Stanley Prusiner, M.D., found another protein, sortilin, that appears to govern tau’s actions. One of our series of Q&As with Dana grantees.

Beyond Emotion: Understanding the Amygdala’s Role in Memory

by Kayt Sukel


Deep-stimulation experiments in rats and people suggest that increasing activity in the amygdalae can do more than just add emotional weight to a memory.



New Study Questions Confidence in Neurogenesis in the Adult Brain

by Moheb Costandi

Newborn neurons are plenty in tissue samples of infants, but fall away quickly in childhood, according to new UCSF study.

A Cuba Happening

by Guy McKhann, M.D.

Guy_McKhann_thmbA very strange thing happened to US diplomats in Cuba in late 2016 and early 2017. The Penn group recently published their initial findings based on evaluations of 21 people affected. Our monthly column for Brain in the News.


Seeking Clues to Criminality in the Brain

by Carl Sherman

With improved imaging and using new maps of the connections in the brain, researchers find anatomical suggestions that a particular circuit is altered in some people who commit crimes.


The Dazzling Promise of Ketamine

March 15, 2018

by Ronald S. Duman, Ph.D.

The Dazzling Promise of Ketamine (spotlight)

The rediscovery of a promising, yet problematic drug called ketamine is the most significant breakthrough for treating depression in half a century.

Events and Deadlines

The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal

1/9/2018- 3/31/2018

NYU Grey Art Gallery

Society for Brain Mapping & Therapeutics 15th Annual Congress

4/13/2018- 4/15/2018

Society for Brain Mapping & Therapeutics

Los Angeles, CA

11th FENS Forum of Neuroscience

7/7/2018- 7/11/2018

Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS)

Berlin, Germany

Featured Publications

Rita Levi-Montalcini: A Pioneer in Neuroscience

Rita Levi-Montalcini: A Pioneer in Neuroscience - Originally written in Italian and now available in English (PDF), this graphic novel celebrates the life and work of neuroscientist Rita Levi-Montalcini, who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her "discovery of nerve growth factor" in 1986.

Featured Video

We all know people who seem to blossom after 50, or stay sharp into old age. What can we learn from them? Find out what steps you can take to improve your brain fitness, regardless of your age. For more information, visit our Successful Aging page.