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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 will be presented during the FENS Forum 2014 on July 7, 2014.

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

    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.

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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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    Two in Dana Alliance Receive Kavli Prize

    The 2014 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience was awarded to Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives members Brenda Milner and Marcus E. Raichle, and also to John O'Keefe of University College London, “for the discovery of specialized brain networks for memory and cognition.

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    Cerebrum Anthology 2013

     Cerebrum is back in book form by popular demand. The Anthology brings together more than a dozen articles and book reviews from the 2013 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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Top Stories

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.

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.

A Purposeful Life is a Healthier Life

by Moheb Costandi

Results from programs like Experience Corps suggest that having a goal or purpose helps protect against cognitive decline as we age.

‘Smart’ Drugs Alter Developing Brain

by Kayt Sukel

Though many “normal” people—students, lawyers, doctors—are taking drugs that may enhance cognitive function, there is little research into how these drugs affect non-disordered brains. A research review suggests that using cognitive-enhancing drugs may have unintended and quite negative consequences, especially in youngsters.

How Should We Be Thinking About Genetic Studies?

by Kayt Sukel

As the behavioral genetics field grows, we must be cautious not to oversimplify the research, warn experts, particularly in studies linking single genes to certain traits. One of our series of Briefing Papers.

A Fountain of Youth for the Brain?

by Jim Schnabel

Scientists have reported promising rejuvenation experiments on mouse brains-but it isn't clear that such results can be translated usefully into human therapies.

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.

Cerebrum

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.

Events and Deadlines

9th FENS Forum of Neuroscience

July 5, 2014

Milan, Italy

Portland International Neuroscience Symposium

July 17, 2014

Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront

Elucidating GPCR Functional Selectivity: Novel Opportunities for Drug Development

September 30, 2014

The New York Academy of Sciences

Shaping the Developing Brain: Prenatal through Early Childhood

November 11, 2014

The New York Academy of Sciences

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Featured Publication

Staying Sharp: Memory and Aging Mandarin (PDF) is one of three Staying Sharp booklets recently translated into Mandarin. Find the others on our Staying Sharp page.

Featured Video

Patrick Griffith, MD, FAAN, uses the abbreviation uses the abbreviation D.E.M.E.N.T.I.A. to explain the different types of dementia during a Staying Sharp program in Oakland in March. Find more videos from this event on our YouTube page.