Jun 14, 2012
Play, Attention, and Learning: How does activity shape the development of cognitive networks?
The New York Academy of Sciences hosted multi-disciplinary experts for a workshop that promoted greater understanding, and continued interest in, the connections between play, the development of attentional and cognitive abilities, and subsequent learning.
Dec 03, 2008
Try To Remember
Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and J. Raymond DePaulo, Jr., M.D., Johns Hopkins University join Paul R. McHugh, M.D. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to discuss McHugh's new book, Try to Remember: Psychiatry's Clash over Meaning, Memory, and Mind. William Safire, chairman of the Dana Foundation served as moderator.
Nov 13, 2008
Mind and Matter: Ethical Challenges of Deep Brain Stimulation
At this Dana Center event, co-sponsored by the Dana Alliance and the Neuroethics Society, experts discussed ethical considerations of depression, surgical experimentation, consciousness, technology, and public policy. Judy Illes, Ph.D., Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics, moderated; speakers were Philip Campbell, Ph.D., Nature and Nature Publications; Joseph Fins, M.D., Weill Cornell Medical College; Jonathan Moreno, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania; and Helen Mayberg, M.D., Emory University.
Oct 22, 2008
Understanding Childhood Brain Disorders
Martha Denckla, M.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Jerome Kagan, Ph.D., Emeritus professor, Harvard University discuss “Understanding Childhood Brain Disorders” at the Dana Center. Noel Gunther, Learning Media WETA-TV was moderator.
Sep 24, 2008
Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome
Dennis Charney, M.D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Steven Hyman, M.D., Harvard University, and Jordan Grafman, Ph.D., National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke discussed the latest research in traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress syndrome. The event was held at the Dana Center in Washington, DC and moderated by William Safire, chairman of the Dana Foundation.
Jul 13, 2008
Music and the Brain: From Perception to Emotion
Music and the Brain: From Perception to Emotion brought together neuroscientists, performing artists, and the public all participating in a gathering which discussed the interpretation of emotions, creativity, and improvisation. The public event was held during the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) in Geneva. Participants included, EDAB vice chairman, Pierre Magistretti, Federal Institute of Technology and Lausanne University Hospital; Francois Ansermet, Geneva University Hospital; Gary Magby, Lausanne Music Conservatory; Solenn’ Lavanant, opera singer; Ioanna Bentoiu, opera singer; Richard Rentsch (www.richard-rentsch.com), composer and Orazio Sciortino (www.oraziosciortino.com).
May 27, 2008
Speaking of Science: The Teen Brain
Jay N. Gieed, M.D., National Institute of Mental Health, Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, and Stephen A. Maistro, Ph.D. discussed the teen brain at a Speaking of Science event at the Dana Center. The panel was sponsored by the Dana Foundation and Syracuse University.
Apr 24, 2008
Baseball and the Brain
Dan Gordon, editor of Your Brain on Cubs, moderated a panel about baseball and the brain with former Giant baseball great, Bobby Thomson; Hillary R. Rodman, Ph.D., Emory University; and Jordan Grafman, Ph.D., National Institute of Neurological Disorders.
Mar 04, 2008
Learning, Arts, and the Brain: the Dana Consortium Report on Arts and Cognition
The Dana Foundation released at a news conference on March 4, Learning, Arts, and the Brain, a three-year study at seven universities, which finds strong links between arts education and cognitive development. Speakers included Michael Gazzaniga, Ph.D., UC, Santa Barbara; Michael Posner, Ph.D., University of Oregon; Elizabeth Spelke, Ph.D., Harvard University and Brian Wandell, Ph.D., Stanford University. Guy Mckhann, M.D., Johns Hopkins University gave a summary and Dana Gioia, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts spoke of the study’s importance to the field of education.
Nov 14, 2007
Neuroscience Meets Psychoanalysis
Dr. Pierre Magistretti, co-director of the Brain Mind Institute at the Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL) and director of the Center for Psychiatric Neurosciences at the Lausanne University Hospital, and Dr. Francois Ansermet, head of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Geneva University Hospital, spoke with Dana Foundation Chairman William Safire about their new book, Biology of Freedom: Neural Plasticity, Experience, and the Unconscious, and the bridge between neuroscience and psychoanalysis. The event took place on November 14, 2007 at the Dana Center in Washington, DC.
Jun 12, 2007
Speaking of Science: Alzheimer's Disease: When Will We Find a Cure?
Marilyn Albert, The Johns Hopkins University, Allan I. Levey, Emory University, and Richard Mayeux, Columbia University, discussed the latest advances in Alzheimer’s research at a Speaking of Science event, co-hosted by Syracuse University and the Dana Foundation. Guy McKhann, the Johns Hopkins University, and William Safire, chairman, Dana Foundation, served as co-moderators.
May 14, 2007
The Neuroethics of Enhancement
Panelists discuss the latest research and give perspectives about the legal and neuroethical issues emerging from psychopharmacology of therapy and enhancement.
Apr 25, 2007
Good Start in Life
During a wide-ranging presentation and a lively Q&A session, authors Elinore Chapman Herschkowitz and Norbert Herschkowitz take turns explaining what scientists know of brain development and behavior in humans in their earliest years.
Mar 27, 2007
Brain Fitness in the Workplace
Old dogs can indeed learn new tricks, so don’t be so quick to write off older workers, says a panel of workplace and neuroscience experts.
Jan 04, 2007
Understanding the Circuits of the Brain
Researchers have found, using ever-better brain imaging and listening devices, that circuits—the minuscule electrical and chemical pathways between parts of the brain—are a large part of how we process vision, how we carry out movement, how we feel our moods.
Oct 19, 2006
Confronting the Crisis: Keeping the U.S. Ahead of the Curve in STEM Education
The College of Arts and Sciences, Syracuse University and the Dana Foundation co-sponsored "Confronting the Crisis: Keeping the U.S. ahead of the Curve in STEM Education," at the Dana Center in Washington, DC on October 19, 2006. (STEM is science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.) Discussants were Dr. A. Lynn Bolles, Professor, Women's Studies, University of Maryland; Dr. George Campbell Jr., President, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art; and Dr. Uri Treisman, Professor of Mathematics and Executive Director, Charles A. Dana Center, University of Texas at Austin. Chairman of the Dana Foundation, William Safire, was moderator. Dean Cathryn R. Newton, The College of Arts and Science at Syracuse University, gave the Welcome.
Sep 27, 2006
Can Immunology Help Win the War on Cancer?
Can Immunology Help Win the War on Cancer, a panel discussion supported by the Dana Foundation, was held at the Dana Center in Washington, DC, on September 27, 2006. The panelists were: Dr. LaSalle Leffall, Board chair of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, chair of the President's Cancer Panel and a director on the Dana Board; Steven A. Rosenberg, chief of surgery at the National Cancer Institute and Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Science; and Ralph M. Steinman, the Henry G. Kunkel Professor at the Rockefeller University, director of the Chris Brown Center for Immunology and Immune Diseases and a senior physician at The Rockefeller University Hospital. William Safire, chairman of the Dana Foundation was moderator.
Sep 27, 2006
What exactly do we mean by a "criminal mind"? Nick Ross, presenter of BBC's Crimewatch, who will chair this event, will try to discover whether it’s nature or nurture that makes a criminal, and whether this is even the right question to ask.
Our experts will explore the evidence behind criminal tendencies. Are we all capable of committing crimes?
It’s clear that mental illness and personality disorders often correlate with crime, but does this really mean that it’s all in the genes? Is there a "criminal personality", or are social and economic factors more important in explaining why people break the law?
For example, psychopathy is a recognised personality disorder that involves antisocial behaviour. This disorder might be able to explain why people from the same social and economic backgrounds show differences in their tendency to commit crime.
So what makes a criminal mind? Genes, gender, personality, mental state, or all of the above? Our speakers will guide you through this minefield, and try to answer this question as well as addressing how society should deal with crime in the 21st century.
Jun 14, 2006
Bird Flu and Immuno-Defense
The Dana Foundation held a panel discussion for its Board members and guests, "Bird Flu and Immuno-Defense," at the Metropolitan Club in New York City on June 14. The thrust of the discussion was to explore new ways to think abut influenza and bioterrorism from the point of view of immunology. What can our immune system do? What is the interface between infection and host? What are the dimensions of the problems from a public health point of view?
Discussants were: Ralph Steinman, M.D., Henry G Kunkel Professor, The Rockefeller University, (who also served as a moderator); Peter Palese, Ph.D., Professor of Microbiology and Chair of the Department of Microbiology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine (NY); Arturo Casadevall, M.D., Ph.D., Selma and Jacques Mitrani Professor and Chair Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University; William Safire, chairman of the Dana Foundation, who served as co-moderator.
Jun 08, 2006
Singing in Schools: Choral Singing in American Education
Singing in Schools: Choral Singing in American Education was a panel presentation and discussion held at the Dana Center in Washington, DC on June 8th. Supported by the Dana Foundation, the event took place during Chorus America's Annual Conference. The panelists were: Darrell M. Ayers, Kennedy Center; Dr.Sarah Bainter Cunnigham, National Endowment for the Arts; David Dik, Metropolitan Opera Guild; and Judith Willoughby, Oklahoma City University and Canterbury Academy of the Vocal Arts. Jane Polin, arts consultant to the Dana Foundation, was moderator. The HB Woodlawn Singers performed.
Mar 15, 2006
Deep Brain Stimulation
What is deep brain stimulation (DBS) and how does it work? DBS is being used in Parkinson's disease and now surgeons and scientists are exploring its use for other disorders. The European Dana Alliance for the Brain and the British Neuroscience Association organized this event to celebrate Brain Awareness Week. Professor Tipu Aziz, consultant neurosurgeon, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford; Professor Marwan Hariz, head of the Functional Neurosurgery Unit, University College, London; Dr. Patricia Limousin, neurologist University College, London; and Mike Robins, who has had DBS were the speakers. Mary Baker, President of the European Parkinson's Disease Association was chair.
Mar 06, 2006
Creating Brains: The Science of Genius
The European Dana Alliance for the Brain (EDAB) and the Dana Press sponsored a panel discussion on "Creating Brains: The Neuroscience of Genius," at the Dana Centre, UK, featuring Dana Alliance member, Nancy Andreasen, University of Iowa Carver Center of Medicine. Andreasen is the author of the book, The Creating Brain. Andreasen and fellow panelists Ken Arnold Wellcome Trust; Daniel Glaser, University College, London; David Barrie, Arts Fund; and chair Tim Radford, former science editor of the Guardian, discussed a broad array of issues, including where creativity comes from; whether everyone is capable of being creative; and what is genius?
Dec 07, 2005
Staying Sharp: Current Advances in Brain Research
The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and NRTA, AARP's Educator Community co-sponsored a Staying Sharp event at the Dana Center on December 7. Marilyn S. Albert, Ph.D., director of the Division of Cognitive Neuroscience, The Johns Hopkins University and Guy M. McKhann, M.D., Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience and Founding Director, the Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute, The Johns Hopkins University were the discussants. Topics included memory loss, and successful aging and the brain. Edward Rover, president of the Dana Foundation, was the moderator.
Nov 30, 2005
Speaking of Science: Regeneration
The College of Arts and Sciences, Syracuse University, and the Dana Foundation co-sponsored "Regeneration: Biotech's Holy Grail," at the Dana Center in Washington, DC on November 30, 2005. Discussants were Dr. Fred H. Gage, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Dr. David T. Scadden, Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital. William Safire, chairman of the Dana Foundation and The New York Times
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Nov 14, 2005
The Creating Brain
The Dana Foundation supported a panel discussion at the Dana Center, Washington, DC on November 14, 2005, "The Creating Brain." The participants were: Dana Alliance member and author of the new book, The Creating Brain, Nancy C. Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D., University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and MIND Institute, University of New Mexico; Janet Eilber, Artistic Director of the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance and principal arts consultant to the Dana Foundation; Michael Kahn, Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre; and European Dana Alliance for the Brain Vice-chairman Pierre Magistretti, M.D., Ph.D., University of Lausanne Medical School and Brain and Mind Institute, in Lausanne. William Safire, chairman of the Dana Foundation served as moderator.
Nov 01, 2005
Depression and Bi-polar Disorders
Prominent faculty from The Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center discuss the latest research and clinical findings on depression and bipolar disorders in a panel discussion held November 1, 2005 at the Dana Center in Washington, DC. Featured speakers included co-directors of the Center and Dana Alliance members Kay Redfield Jamison and J. Raymond DePaulo, Jr.