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    NYAS Podcasts: Dementia Decoded

    How can science help decode dementia? Join the New York Academy of Sciences for a 5-part podcast series. Sponsored by the Dana Foundation.

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    Cerebrum Anthology 2014

     Cerebrum is back in book form by popular demand. The Anthology brings together more than a dozen articles and book reviews from the 2014 monthly Web edition, offering inquisitive readers the chance to read about new and provocative ideas in neuroscience from a cross-section of prominent neuroscientists. Available now at Amazon.

    Available at Amazon
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    Q&A with Kenneth Kosik, MD

    Kenneth S. Kosik, MD, was a member of one of several research groups that originally discovered tau protein in the Alzheimer’s neurofibrillary tangle. In this month’s Cerebrum feature, "Tau-er of Power,” he points out that if he and other tau researchers can better understand tau, then progress can be made in fighting neurological disorders linked to this protein, including frontotemporal dementia, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and Alzheimer’s disease.

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    Cerebrum Book Reviews: Power Foods for the Brain

    Can a plant-based diet help stave off dementia and Alzheimer’s disease? Neal Barnard, M.D. makes a case for it in his best-selling book, Power Foods for the Brain and, in his review, David O. Kennedy assesses the merits of the author’s claims.

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    Cerebral Malaria: A Wily Foe—8 Years Later

    Eight years after the Cerebrum story “Cerebral Malaria:  A Wily Foe“ was published, featured researcher Terrie Taylor and colleagues have published a groundbreaking neuroimaging study in the New England Journal of Medicine highlighting one of the key differences they were seeking in the brains of children who do and don't survive the infection.

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Top Stories

Schizophrenia Research Zeroes In on Fast-Spiking Interneurons

by Jim Schnabel

Could the disorder—often characterized by hearing voices—be a failure of brain rhythms? 

Teasing Apart How Food Can Make Us Well

by Carl Sherman

Many researchers at a New York Academy of Sciences symposium described a “nexus of nutrition, aging, and dementia.” 

The Remarkable Change in Psychiatry

by Guy McKhann, MD

Guy_McKhann_thmbDrawing from research and writings past and present, Dr. McKhann assesses the field of psychiatry, now a mainstream specialty. 

From our free print publication, Brain in the News.

The Journey to the Cognitive Map

By Moheb Costandi

2014 Nobel Prize winner John O’Keefe described the path to our understanding of how place works in the brain during a special lecture celebrating the British Neuroscience Association’s 50th year. 

Targeting Inflammatory Diseases With Electrical Signals

by Jim Schnabel

Kevin TraceyDana grantee Kevin J. Tracey, a pioneer of “bioelectric medicine,” and his colleagues are testing vagus nerve stimulation devices for possible use in severe rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. One of our series of Scientist Q&As.

What Were You Thinking?! – Understanding the Neurobiology of the Teen Brain

by Marisa M. Silveri, Ph.D.

Lauren Parsley

Wrong-headed teen behavior isn’t due necessarily to a lack of knowing right from wrong, but rather an inability to hold back the wrong answer or behavior. 

One of our series of Reports on Progress.

Dana Library and Research Centre Announced by the Science Museum

The Science Museum in London has officially announced the new Dana Library and Research Centre, opening in late 2015.

When the Myth is the Message: Neuromyths and Education

by Kayt Sukel

A recent survey suggests that neuromyths are more pervasive in the educational community than we might think, and this may work against academic achievement. We investigate some of the most common myths, explaining their scientific origins and realities. One of our series of briefing papers. 


Tau-er of Power

May 1, 2015

by Kenneth S. Kosik, MD

 Cerebrum - article

Tau protein helps nerve cells in the brain maintain their function and structure. When tau turns toxic, replicates, and spreads, neurons misfire and die. If neuroscientists can pinpoint the reasons for toxicity, identify possible modified tau states, and find a way to block tau’s movement from cell to cell, then progress can be made in fighting any number of neurological disorders.

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The Royal Society, London, UK

Learning from Cancer to Advance Neurodegeneration Drug Discovery and Development


The New York Academy of Sciences

Staying Sharp in Kansas


Overland Park, KS

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