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    Cerebrum Book Review

    In Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience, a new book by pioneering neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga, how the brain comes together to create one mind is just part of his remarkable story.

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    Design a Brain Experiment!

    The Dana Foundation is asking U.S. high school students to submit their most creative brain experiment ideas to the Design a Brain Experiment Competition. Submissions must test an idea about the brain, anything from examining the effects of art on the adolescent brain to exploring alternative treatments for Alzheimer's disease. Students should not complete their experiments, so be creative!

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    Q&A with John Ioannidis

    His PLoS Medicine paper published in 2005 is the most accessed and downloaded paper in the journal’s history (with approximately 1.5 million hits). John P.S. Ioannidis, M.D., D.Sc. the author of November’s Cerebrum article, “Failure to Replicate: Sound the Alarm,” discusses why most biomedical research papers (including even many of the most influential ones) later turn out to be wrong or exaggerated—and what can be done about it.

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    Helping Hand for Scientists Writing for the Rest of Us

     You've Got Some Explaining to Do offers advice to neuroscientists writing for non-scientists, including targeting your audience, organizing your thoughts, and avoiding jargon and negative wording. $2.99 in paperback; PDF version is free. Paperback available now at Amazon.

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Top Stories

Big Data and the Brain: Peeking at the Future of Neuroscience

by Kayt Sukel

“I don’t think, going forward, that neuroscientists are going to be fully capable of doing all the great things they want to do without a level of comfort with computational analysis,” said NIH Director Francis Collins said at the recent Society for Neuroscience annual meeting.

The Long-Term Effects of Adolescent Alcohol Exposure

by Moheb Costandi

Researchers find clues to why teens binge and which brain areas may be most susceptible to danger during this sensitive period.

MS: What We Know and What We Need to Learn

By David Hafler, MD, and Benjamin A. Lerner, AB

While our understanding of relapsing remitting disease and treatment options have expanded enormously in recent years, understanding the mechanism of secondary and primary progressive MS, including the neurodegenerative aspects of these diseases, remains a central question. One of our series of Reports on Progress.

The Struggle for Consciousness

by Moheb Costandi


Connection to community and family should be a patient’s right, whether that person is fully conscious or minimally conscious, argued researcher Joseph Fins at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting.


High-Tech Imaging Targets Brain Damage in Kids with Malaria

by Brenda Patoine

Michael Potchen (thmb)Despite being a common disease, little is known about how malaria affects children’s brains. Using high-field MRI to scan children in sub-Saharan Africa, Dana grantee Michael Potchen and his team shed light on what may cause malaria-related brain swelling, which can lead to death and morbidity. One of our series of Scientist Q&As.


A Very Big Map: Connectomics and Its Limits

by Jim Schnabel

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Brain mapping research is one of the hottest fields in neuroscience, with support from several high profile initiatives in the US and abroad. Leaders in the field weigh in on new research advances and what we ultimately hope to learn from these intricate maps. One of our series of briefing papers.


Cognitive Skills and the Aging Brain: What to Expect

December 1, 2015

 by Diane B. Howieson, Ph.D.

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Despite dementia and other neurobiological disorders that we associate with aging, improved imaging has revealed that even into our seventies, our brains continue producing new neurons. Our author writes about how mental health functions react to the normal aging process, including why an aging brain may even form the basis for wisdom.

Events and Deadlines

Why We Forget: Transport in the Brain


Columbia University Neuroscience Outreach

New York, NY

BNA 50th Anniversary XMas Symposium: Neuroscience...Past, Present, Future


British Neuroscience Association

London, UK

Neuronal Connectivity in Brain Function and Disease: Novel Mechanisms and Therapeutic Targets


The New York Academy of Sciences

New York, NY

ENCODS 2016: European Neuroscience Conference for Doctoral Students

6/29/2016- 7/1/2016


Helsingør, Denmark

Featured Publication

Successful Aging:

Successful Aging: When is memory loss a sign of dementia? What actions can be taken to help maintain brain health? Our new, free booklet, Staying Sharp: Successful Aging and the Brain, gives answers to these and other memory-oriented questions in easy-to-understand language.

Featured Video

How Mindfulness Aids Memory: At the Dana Alliance Staying Sharp event in Gainesville, Georgia, Dr. Swati Gaur discussed how mindfulness can help keep us in the present and improve our memory by allowing us to ignore distractions.