Dana Alliance Members' News and Views   

 Dana Alliance Member Newsletters

For previous issues of the Dana Alliance Member News visit the Dana Alliance Newsletter page. 

Members' Views

Stephen Waxman, M.D., Ph.D., wrote the Dana Foundation Cerebrum article, "Alabama to Beijing...and Back: The Search for  a Pain Gene." He was also interviewed for a Cerebrum podcast about the article.

Joseph LeDoux, Ph.D., co-wrote the Dana Foundation Cerebrum article "Know Thyself: Well-Being and Subjective Experience." He was also interviewed for a Cerebrum podcast about the article.

Helen S. Mayberg, M.D., co-wrote the Dana Foundation Cerebrum article "Neuroimaging Advances for Depression," with Boadie W. Dunlop. She was also interviewed for a Cerebrum podcast about the article.

Steven E. Hyman, M.D., was interview for a Dana Foundation Cerebrum podcast on Neuroethics.

Patricia S. Churchland, Ph.D., wrote an essay for the Dana Foundation Cerebrum feature, "The First Neuroethics Meeting: Then and Now," titled, "The Brains Behind Morality."

Paul W. Glimcher, Ph.D.,
wrote the Dana Foundation Report on Progress, "Understanding Human Decision-Making Neuroeconomics."

Eric J. Nestler, M.D., Ph.D.,
was featured in the Dana Foundation news article, "Genes, Environment—and Epigenetics."

Pasko Rakic, M.D., Ph.D.,
was the subject of the Dana Foundation news article, "Highlighting Prenatally Damaged Neurons that Remain Vulnerable After Birth."
Trevor Robbins, CBE, FRS, FMedSci,
was featured in the Dana Foundation news article, "Motivational Disorders in Brain Conditions."

Research by Sir Michael Rutter,  CBE, FRS, FMedSci, FBA, was the subject of the Dana Foundation news article, "The Deprived Brain."
Abigail A. Baird, Ph.D., Allan L. Reiss, M.D., Martha B. Denckla, M.D.,
and BJ Casey, Ph.D., were featured in the Dana Foundation Briefing Paper, "When is the Brain 'Mature'?"

George Perry, Ph.D., wrote the Dana Foundation Cerebrum article, "The Four Pillars of Alzheimer's Prevention," with Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.

David G. Amaral, Ph.D.,
wrote the Dana Foundation Cerebrum article, "Examining the Causes of Autism" and did a Q&A podcast on the article with the Cerebrum editor.
Shinya Yamanaka, M.D., Ph.D.,
was interview by the New York Times for a piece called "The Stem Cell Revolution is Coming - Slowly."

Thomas C. Südhof, M.D.,
wrote an OpEd for The Washington Post titled, "Too Many Medical Trials Are Moonshots in the Dark."

Nora D. Volkow, M.D.,
was featured in the Dana Foundation briefing paper "Parsing the Contradictions: Marijuana and the Brain."

David C. Van Essen, Ph.D.,
co-wrote the Cerebrum article "The Human Connectome Project: Progress and Prospects."

Michael A. Moskowitz, M.D.,
wrote a Dana Foundation Report on Progress titled, "Center Stage for Targeting Migraine and its Treatment."

The Human Connectome Project at Washington University Medical School published a new map of the brain that revealed 97 previously unknown regions. David C. Van Essen, Ph.D., a principal investigator on the project, was featured in the New York Times article, "Updated Brain Map Identifies Nearly 100 New Regions."

Steven E. Hyman
, M.D., gave the 2016 EDAB Special Lecture on Neuroethics at the 10th FENS Forum of Neuroscience. The lecture, titled Are Criminal Law and Neuroscience on a Collision Course?, discussed difficult issues in modern bioethics. For full coverage, see Moheb Costandi's article on the lecture, "Will Neuroscience and Law Collide?"
James W. Simpkins, Ph.D., wrote a Dana Foundation Report on Progress titled, "Advances in Our Knowledge of Stroke Mechanisms and Therapy."
Nancy S. Wexler, Ph.D., was interviewed by the television station NY1 for a "One on 1 Profile." She discussed her research on and family history with Huntington's disease.
The work of Ann C. McKee, M.D., was featured in a New York Times article titled, "On C.T.E. and Athletes, Science Remains in Its Infancy." Walter J. Koroshetz, M.D., also appears in the article.
Fred (Rusty) H. Gage, Ph.D., discussed his research in a Dana Foundation news article titled, "New Clues to the Causes of Bipolar Disorder."  

See the Dana Foundation's Dana Alliance YouTube playlists, featuring members speaking on their topics of expertise.

Guy M. McKhann, M.D., writes a monthly column in the Dana Foundation's print publication, Brain in the News, as its scientific advisor.


Levi-Montalcini Graphic Novel Translated into English

Montalcini-Graphic-Novel-Cover         The Senato della Republica and the European Brain Research Institute, in partnership with the European Dana Alliance, produced the graphic novel, "Rita Levi-Montalcini: una donna di frontiera." Originally written in Italian and now available in English, it celebrates the life and work of neuroscientist and EDAB member Rita Levi-Montalcini, who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her "discovery of nerve growth factor" in 1986.
English Version / Italian Version

Interviews with DABI Members

Grega Repovs Q&A  


  Nancy Ip, Ph.D. 
  Professor Grega Repovš 
John Byrne       Thomas Insel       Carol Mason  
John H. Byrne, Ph.D.      Thomas R. Insel, M.D.    Carol Ann Mason, Ph.D.


 For previous interviews with DABI members visit the Dana Alliance Newsletter page.  

Books by DABI Members

"Research in Ethics in the Life Sciences" by Michael J. Kuhar, Ph.D., published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

 "Chasing Men on Fire: The Story of the Search for a Pain Gene" by Stephen Waxman, M.D., Ph.D., published by The MIT Press.

 "The Healing Self: A Revolutionary New Plan to Supercharge Your Immunity and Stay Well for Life" by Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D., (and Deepak Chopra, M.D.), published by Harmony Books.

"The Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, and the Making of Cultures" by Antonio Demasio, M.D., Ph.D., published by Pantheon Books.
"Beyond the Self: Conversations between Buddhism and Neuroscience," by EDAB Executive Committee Member Wolf Singer (and Matthieu Ricard), published by MIT Press.

 "Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst" by Robert M. Sapolsky, published by Penguin Press.

"Circadian Rhythms: A Very Short Introduction" by Russell G. Foster (and Leon Kreitzman), published by Oxford University Press.

 "Five Constraints on Predicting Behavior" by Jerome Kagan, published by The MIT Press.

 "Can Neuroscience Change our Minds?" by Steven Rose (and Hilary Rose), published by Polity.

"Neuroenology: How the Brain Creates the Taste of Wine" by Gordon M. Shepherd, M.D., D.Phil, published by Columbia University Press.

"Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character" by Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., published by Knoph.

"Ogni giorno: Tra scienza e politica" (Every Day: Between Science and Politics) by Elena Cattaneo, published by Mondadori.

"A Day in the Life of the Brain: The Neuroscience of Consciousness from Dawn Till Dusk" by Baroness Susan Greenfield, published by Allen Lane.

"Anxious: Using the Brain to Understand and Treat Fear and Anxiety" by Joseph E. LeDoux, Ph.D., published by Viking
"Healthy Brain, Happy Life: A Personal Program to Activate Your Brain and Do Everything Better" by Wendy A. Suzuki, Ph.D., published by Dey Street Books

"The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults" by Frances E. Jensen, M.D., published by Harper Collins

"Rights Come to Mind: Brain Injury, Ethics, and the Struggle for Consciousness" by Joseph J. Fins, M.D., published by Cambridge University Press 

"Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry" by Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D., published by Little Brown and Company

"Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience" by Michael S. Gazzaniga, Ph.D., published by HarperCollins

"Before I Sleep: Poems for Children Who Think" by Samuel H. Barondes, M.D., published by North Street Steps Press

"Madness & Memory"  by Stanley B. Prusiner, M.D., published by Yale University Press

"Permanent Present Tense: The Unforgettable Life of the Amnesic Patient, H.M.," by Susanne Corkin, Ph.D., published by Basic Books 

"Mind: The Big Questions," by Richard M.Restak, M.D., published by Quercus Publishing Plc, London

"Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being," by Rudolph Tanzi, Ph.D. and Deepak Chopra, M.D., published by Random House, Inc., New York

"The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present," by Eric R. Kandel, M.D., published by Random House, Inc., New York

"UNA VIDA: A Fable of Music and the Mind," by Nicolas G. Bazan, M.D., Ph.D., published by Five Star Publications, Inc.

"The Biology of Alzheimer Disease", edited by DABI members Dennis J. Selkoe, M.D., David M. Holtzman, M.D., and Eckhard Mandelkow, Ph.D., published by Cold Spring Harbor Press 

"Alfalfa to Ivy: Memoir of a Harvard Medical School Dean" by Joseph B. Martin, M.D., Ph.D., published by Gutteridge Books

"Neurogastronomy: How the Brain Creates Flavor and Why it Matters" by Gordon M. Shepherd, M.D., D.Phil., published by Columbia University Press

"Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality," by Patricia S. Churchland, Ph. D., published by Princeton University Press


The Arts of Neuroscientists

Conversations with DABI members about 
                          their artistic pursuits.                          


   Nicolas Bazan, M.D., Ph.D.
   Music, literature, wine and New Orleans.
   (See also, Outreach Activities) 

   Stanley C. Froehner, Ph.D.
   Digital photography and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.


Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D.
Music, live performance, music therapy and Alzheimer's