The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives 

The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives was officially launched in 1993.  Its founding members pledged their commitment to advancing public awareness and education about the progress and promise of brain research, and to disseminating information on the brain in an understandable and accessible manner. 

In 2013, DABI celebrated its 20th anniversary with a timeline commemorating its significant achievements during the past two decades. DABI became a global organization in 2015 and now has over 600 members in 38 countries.  In 2018, DABI celebrated its 25th Anniversary


Dana Foundation Outreach Programs


Brain Awareness Week

Coordinated by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, Brain Awareness Week unites the efforts of universities, hospitals, patient advocacy groups, professional associations, government agencies, service organizations, and K-12 schools around the world in a week-long celebration of the brain.

Cognitive Fitness at  Work

For the Cognitive Fitness Initiative the Alliance develops programs and resources focused on the factors that may contribute to a brain healthy lifestyle throughout adulthood. The Your Brain at Work series, part of the Initiative, explores brain science issues that relate to the mature worker, offering information about what employees can do to maintain cognitive fitness and how their employers can assist. The Dana Alliance partnered with The Conference Board to create this series, in order to raise awareness among both workers and employers of the benefits of brain fitness.

Neuroscience Education  Initiatives

The Dana Alliance is committed to educating teachers and students about neuroscience as a means of inspiring the next generation of neuroscientists. The Alliance's neuroscience education initiatives include developing programs and partnering with other organizations to provide tools for teachers and students.


Lending  Library

Lending Library is a Dana Alliance collaboration with university neuroscience departments to provide models, posters, and related materials for use in outreach education. A program must be established with schools or other community educational outreach organizations on a continuous basis.  

New York  City Regional Brain Bee Competition 

Each year, in celebration of Brain Awareness Week, the Dana Alliance organizes the New York City Regional Brain Bee competition, open to all New York City and Westchester County high school students in grades 9-12. The winner of the Bee is eligible to compete in the United States National Brain Bee.


Successful Aging & Your Brain

The program focuses on understanding how the brain works and maximizing brain function and health.  It includes a series of live public forums, a booklets available for download and a Youtube video.  Successful Aging & Your Brain is presented by the Dana Foundation and the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives.

Scouts Healthy Brain Initiative

The Healthy Brain Initiative is a free online resource on the brain and brain health to help Scout Leaders create programs for their scouts. At there is a leader's guide with instructions on content for the program, ideas, how-to tips and supply lists for activities/experiments and downloadable materials to distribute. The program hopes to encourage brain healthy lifestyles as well as encourage the development of future neuroscientists.


European Dana Alliance for the Brain

The European Dana Alliance for the Brain (EDAB) is a society of more than 290 eminent brain scientists, including five Nobel laureates, that is committed to enhancing the public understanding of brain research. EDAB has an office in London, UK.