Annual Report 2006 Dana Press
Annual Report 2006

April, 2007

Publishing is vital to Dana’s mission to encourage the public to discover new ideas and trends in neuroscience, immunology, and arts education as well as to interchange ideas and data among scientists. Dana periodicals and books, the publications of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, and other products offer readers clear, accessible accounts and interpretations of the latest work and some of the most original thinking in the fields of Dana’s interest. Many publications provide educators with materials that can excite students about learning. The books for general readers are distributed worldwide by the University of Chicago Press for sale through bookstores and online retailers. Readers can also read, download, or order free publications on the Dana Web site.

Cerebrum: The Dana Forum on Brain Science changed format from a quarterly print journal to a monthly online journal in January 2006, to readers’ immediate advantage. Free of the six-month lead time required to assemble a print issue, Cerebrum needed only three weeks to publish online two in-depth articles about stroke after a hemorrhagic stroke felled Israel’s prime minister, Ariel Sharon, in January.

The Cerebrum section of the Web site also offers a fully searchable Web archive of all its articles, reviews, and book excerpts since 1998.  A collection of 2006’s Cerebrum reporting was published in paperback in early 2007 for print readers, in what we expect will be a Cerebrum annual.

Launched in fall 2006, “First Words—The Dana Press Blog” offers online readers staff-written comments and information about Dana books and periodicals, news about Dana Press authors, word of books and articles published elsewhere by Dana Alliance members and Dana grantees, links to related information, Webcasts, and podcasts on the foundation site, as well as reader comments and our responses to them.

For Dana’s Web site, the Dana Press staff provided book information and reviews, chapter excerpts, and staff-written interviews with the authors of the three books we released in the fall.  To complement Dana’s News Office–produced Webcasts, Dana Press staff wrote day-after news stories and photographed events held at the Dana Center in Washington, DC.  In 2007, we plan to add more, including searchable content from The Dana Guide to Brain Health, a 733-page reference work published in paperback in 2006.

We continue to expand domestic and global readership of our books by selling publishing rights to publishers in other countries and to publishers who will bring out paperback editions.  Two 2005 titles, The Creating Brain: The Neuroscience of Genius, by Nancy Andreasen, and The Ethical Brain, by Michael Gazzaniga, came out in paperback this way in 2006; they and the 2006 titles Mind Wars: Brain Research and National Defense and Fatal Sequence: The Killer Within also were published in book-club editions, while Raymond DePaulo’s Understanding Depression was released in an audio version.  We also have made, or are in negotiations on, translation rights deals for several of our titles, which will be published in Japanese, Dutch, German, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Korean, Japanese, and, new in 2006, Chinese.


Cerebrum: The Dana Forum on Brain Science

In 2006, its ninth year as a journal of opinion for general readers, scientists, and educators, Cerebrum became a free Web publication.  The latest issue is featured prominently on the home page.  Cerebrum’s articles, debates, book reviews, and book excerpts explore challenging questions raised by brain research and the implications for fields from ethics to education, from philosophy to the arts.  Articles in 2006 typical of this range were “The Intuitive Magician: Why Belief in the Supernatural Persists,” “Hardwired for Happiness,” and “Why Not a National Institute on Pain Research?”  Beginning in January 2006, Cerebrum changed to monthly (Web) publication, including regular book features, and a complete archive of all 27 print issues from 1998 to 2005.

The online archive of articles, reviews, and book excerpts includes many of the photographs and illustrations from the print edition and is searchable by keyword. Selected articles are translated into French, German, Spanish, and Italian for the Web site of the European Dana Alliance,


In its seventeenth year, BrainWork is the foundation’s pioneer neuroscience publication.  This free eight-page full-color bimonthly newsletter for general readers offers original news and feature articles on basic and clinical research in neuroscience and neuroimmunology and its implications for human health.  BrainWork often is the first non-specialist publication to report a research trend or discovery that is starting to make an impact.  Articles providing such early reporting in 2006 included “Meditation May Change the Brain” (January/February), “Immune Cells in Spinal Cord Cause Neuropathic Pain” (March/April), “Diabetes and the Brain: The Unseen Connection” (May/June), and “Too Much of a Good Thing: Addiction as Overlearning” (November/December). 

Brain in the News

Developed in 1994, Brain in the News continues to increase its readership.  Eight pages, tabloid-sized, free, and published monthly, Brain in the News reprints articles from current newspapers and magazines in the United States and abroad, along with commentary from its advisor, Guy McKhann, M.D.

Arts Education in the News

Launched in March 2003, this free eight-page tabloid-format periodical moved from quarterly to bimonthly publication in 2006.  Its subscribers are educators, teaching artists, and lay readers.  Printed in full color, it includes arts education stories from newspapers around the world, as well as in-depth articles from arts and education journals and commentary from advisor Janet Eilber.

Immunology in the News

Launched in 2001, this free eight-page quarterly publication includes articles from newspapers around the world on the emerging field of immunology.  Each issue also includes a featured article from a research journal and a commentary from advisor Ralph M. Steinman, M.D.


The Dana Sourcebook of Immunology: Resources for Secondary and Post-Secondary Teachers and Students

The foundation’s free resource on immunology for educators and students, first published in November 2005, includes examinations of how the immune system protects us (and what happens when it fails to do so), therapies that help it do its job, and the relationship between the immune system and the brain.  Readers meet scientists who are prominent in the field and learn about the significance of emerging and re-emerging diseases.  Modeled on The Dana Sourcebook of Brain Science, the immunology sourcebook includes two glossaries and a list of books that serves as a resource for students who would like to learn more.  In its first year more than 2,900 copies were distributed.

In late 2006, we offered an online companion workbook to the Sourcebook on the Web site.  Called “Internet Connect,” the feature will tempt students to go online to find answers or develop projects that will give them a deeper understanding of the role of immunology in our world. 

The Dana Sourcebook of Brain Science: Resources for Teachers and Students (Fourth Edition)

A total of 74,000 copies of the 142-page, softcover guide on brain science, first published in 1999, have gone to more than 7,600 schools in all 50 states and 31 foreign countries (3,300 copies of the fourth edition, published in May 2006, were shipped this year).  Free to educators, the concisely written Sourcebook features neuroscience topics, illustrations of how the brain works, presentation of issues relevant to today’s students, and a glossary of brain science terms.  In personal profiles, it introduces students to two neuroscience professionals.  The teacher’s edition includes a DVD for easier preparation and enhanced classroom audiovisual presentations. 

Acts of Achievement: The Role of Performing Arts Centers in Education

Professionals continue to request Acts of Achievement, the first study of K–12 education programs offered by performing arts centers nationwide.  The book showcases 74 centers, large and small, that partner with their local schools.  It outlines the development of school residencies and offers checklists for arts organization coordinators, artists, teachers, and school coordinators planning to develop residencies.

Planning an Arts-Centered School: A Handbook

Requests continue for this resource, published in 2002, for elementary and secondary educators and performing arts professionals in education.  The handbook presents the best practices in curriculum development, governance, funding, assessment, and community participation from a dozen arts-centered schools.


Progress Report on Brain Research

Published annually in March in conjunction with Brain Awareness Week, the Progress Report is the signature publication of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives.  Each edition reviews the most significant findings reported during the previous year and includes a feature essay on research of special interest.  The report’s ten chapters cover research in neurological, psychiatric, and neuroimmunological disorders and studies in neurogenesis, stem cells, and neuroethics.  For the report on important findings in 2006, the introduction was written by David van Essen, the new president of the Society for Neuroscience.  The featured essay, by Steven E. Hyman, M.D., provost of Harvard University and a former director of the National Institute of Mental Health, is on neuroethics.

Brain Connections: Your Source Guide to Information on Brain Diseases and Disorders (Sixth Edition, 2003–2006)

A convenient 50-page booklet, Brain Connections lists 278 organizations that provide information and services for patients and families affected by brain-related disorders and problems.  Since the first edition was released in 1996, more than 600,000 copies of Brain Connections have been distributed.

Dana Alliance Member News

The bimonthly Dana Alliance Member News keeps Dana Alliance members informed of the organization’s activities and outreach by individual members.  "Members’ Views," a regular feature, acquaints members with their colleagues’ opinions, research, and efforts in support of the alliance’s mission.


Resistance: The Human Struggle Against Infection

Norbert Gualde, M.D., describes the course of epidemics, the emergence of new diseases, and the cycle of risk created by microbes’ ability to rapidly adapt—all from the perspective of immunology, including research into the immunology of populations.  Dr. Gualde directs an immunology laboratory at the University of Bordeaux, France.  Working with translator Steven Rendall, the author updated his book (published in French as Microbes ont une histoire aussi) to include the recent development of concerns about avian flu.  He also expanded the final chapter to introduce readers to new directions in immunology that seek to enlist the immune system itself in the battle against diseases ranging from cancer to newly emerging and drug-resistant infectious microbes.

Mind Wars: Brain Research and National Defense

Jonathan Moreno, Ph.D., examines the many neuroscience research projects funded by national defense agencies—from enhancing soldiers via pharmacology to mind-machine interfaces and remote brain scanning.  The book’s tone is temperate, and Moreno is no “loose cannon,” having given invited testimony before Congress, served on two presidential ethics commissions, and serving as an advisor to the Department of Homeland Security.  He gives an evenhanded analysis of such topics as the philosophy of "dual use" for military science, the history of the practice of informed consent, and the privacy implications of new neurotechnology.  Dr. Moreno is a past president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, co-chaired the National Academies of Science committee on stem cell research guidelines, and was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2005.

Hard Science, Hard Choices: Facts, Ethics, and Policies Guiding Brain Science Today

Our fourth title in the Dana Foundation Series on Neuroethics is based on a May 2005 symposium cosponsored by the foundation, the Library of Congress, Columbia University, and the National Institute of Mental Health.  The foreword is by the symposium organizers, Ruth Fischbach, Ph.D., M.P.E., director of Columbia University’s bioethics center, and Gerald Fischbach, M.D., vice president of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  The author, Sandra Ackerman, wrote Discovering the Brain (National Academy Press, 1993) and writes often for Dana Press.

Paperback Re-releases

The Dana Guide to Brain Health: A Practical Family Reference from Medical Experts

The first major home medical reference on the brain, released in hardcover in 2003, was released in paperback in fall 2006.  In addition to the text, featuring contributions by more than 100 top scientists and clinicians and edited by Floyd E. Bloom, M.D., M. Flint Beal, M.D., and David J. Kupfer, M.D., this edition features a CD-ROM with the full text of the book and additional illustrations, interactive brain maps, and resource guide.  The Dana Guide is extensively illustrated and offers up-to-date information and advice about more than 70 disorders, as well as about the brain’s health and the stages of its development.

When the new Dana Web site is launched in 2007, the sections of the book providing information on specific disorders will be posted in full for free access.

A Well-Tempered Mind

The 2004 title by symphony conductor Peter Perret with Janet Fox was published in paperback in April.  Perret, conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony for more than 25 years, describes his innovative music education program for first through third graders and how it may have helped improve academic achievement.

Fatal Sequence: The Killer Within

Dr. Kevin J. Tracey’s story of a child’s battle with severe sepsis and his own pioneering research connecting nervous and immune systems as its cause was released in paperback in March.  It was a selection of the Nurses Society Book Club.

The Ethical Brain

Michael S. Gazzaniga, Ph.D., analyzes the personal and ethical dilemmas raised by new discoveries in neuroscience.  This Dana Press 2005 title was published in paperback by HarperCollins/Ecco in May 2006.

The Creating Brain: The Neuroscience of Genius

Nancy Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D., professor of psychiatry at the University of Iowa and recipient of the National Medal of Science, explores how the brain achieves creative breakthroughs in art, literature, music, and science, focusing on the contribution of mentors, the role of free association, the value of not having a “standard education,” and the question of “genius and insanity.”  This Dana 2005 title, slightly altered to The Creative Brain: The Science of Genius, was published in paperback by Plume/Penguin in October 2006.