General Resources


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Consumers and Patients Index Page

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, offers guides to patients on topics like effective healthcare, specific diseases and disorders, and prescription medications.

American Academy of Neurology

This patient information site of the American Academy of Neurology Foundation highlights symptoms, diagnoses, and treatments of a variety of brain disorders. It also gives helpful information for family and friends of those with a disease and for those who need to find a neurologist, along with online access to Neurology Now magazine.

American Heart Association

The American Heart Association hosts a visually attractive and informative interactive site with resources for both lay users and health care and science professionals concerned about heart disease and stroke.

Center for Young Women’s Health

This Web site, of the Children’s Hospital Boston, provides health guides on a range of topics of interest to teens and their parents.

Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This CDC Web site, also available in Spanish, offers a wealth of health tips, information, and publications on current health-related news topics; a wide range of diseases and conditions; and statistical trends.

Drug Information Portal, U.S. National Library of Medicine

The National Library of Medicine’s Drug Information Portal offers “quick access to over 1,200 selected drugs,” linking to general consumer health information, scientific journal references, clinical trials, and more.

Evaluating Health Information: MedlinePlus

Evaluating online health information can be a challenge. This MedlinePlus page links to a large number of Web pages—including many from the National Library of Medicine and other NIH institutes—that help online users identify reliable sources.

Family Caregiver Alliance

The Family Caregiver Alliance is an informative and supportive site for caregivers of adults with a range of brain diseases and disorders. It includes many helpful caregiving tips, and maintains sections about statistics and research, public policy, educational programs and conferences, publications, and links to other resources. Some information is available in Chinese and Spanish.


The U.S. government has also recently launched Healthfinder, described as "a gateway consumer health information Web site." It provides links to selected on-line publications, databases, and sites for government agencies, non-profit organizations, and support groups. All the information has been reviewed for medical accuracy, and users can search by letter of the alphabet and subject or take a guided tour of available information on a specific illness.

The Health Library at Stanford

The Stanford Health Library, “a public consumer health information library,” links to a wealth of sources for further information on a broad range of health-related issues.


The HIVInSite is a comprehensive and very current site that offers extensive AIDS and HIV medical information; materials related to education, prevention, legal, policy, and social issues; research resources such as statistics, databases, lists, and links; a compilation of current news, articles, bibliographies, contacts and other information on key topics; and a U.S. map that will lead you to state-by-state information, programs, hotlines, and other resources.

Hospital Compare

This US Department of Health and Human Services tool allows users to search for and compare hospitals based on location and type of procedure.

KidsHealth for Parents

Sponsored by the Nemours Foundation, this site contains a variety of clearly written articles about children's health, listed by topic. Each item is reviewed by a medical professional, and some information is available in Spanish. There are also links to companion sites for kids and teens.

Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic offers resources on a variety of health issues, including disease and condition centers for help with managing chronic diseases or disorders; a healthy living section; and an extensive section on drugs and supplements.


This easy to use service of the National Library of Medicine provides information on health topics, drugs, and medical terms, as well as a physician directory and resource guide to various health-related organizations. Some information is available in Spanish.

National Institutes of Health

The U.S. government National Institutes of Health site is an entry point to health information from the many NIH institutes and organizations, as well as scientific resources, news, and events.

Research Match

Research Match, a free and secure registry, brings together people interested in participating in research studies and the scientists conducting them.

Dana Articles

Neuroanatomy-A Primer

Neuroanatomy—A Primer 2011 07 27 The human brain is a unique structure that boasts a complex three dimensional architecture. Neuroscientists are only beginning to understand how

The Synapse—A Primer

The Synapse—A Primer 2011 03 15 Brain cells communicate with one another by passing chemical messengers at functional contacts called synapses. Neurobiological studies have demonstrated that

Biomarkers—A Primer

Biomarkers—A Primer 2011 01 12 Biomarkers—A Primer by Kayt Sukel Biological markers, or biomarkers, are substances that indicate a particular biological state. Today,

Brain Receptors-A Primer

Brain Receptors—A Primer 2011 11 04 Synaptic transmission begins when one brain cell releases a neurochemical into the synapse. The transmission, however, is not complete until

Affiliative Experience Shows Unique Brain Signature

Your emotional bonds color your reading of events in specific ways.

Brain-machine Interface: A Multi-disciplinary Approach Shows Progress

Recent news reports have described what sounds like a miracle--restoring the ability of a paralyzed woman “to feed herself chocolate and move everyday items using a robotic arm directly controlled by thought, showing a level of agility and control approaching that of a human limb.”

Psychiatric Drug Development: Diagnosing a Crisis

When it comes to funding drug research to treat depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, and other psychiatric disorders, the global pharmaceutical industry prefers to invest its research dollars in cancer, metabolism, autoimmunity, and other disease areas. This comes despite the fact that one in five Americans currently take at least one psychiatric drug and that mental disorders are recognized worldwide.  The author traces the evolution of psychiatric drug development, the reasons for its retreat, and what needs to change to meet the growing demand.

Neuroscience in the New Year

What''s the future of neuroscience? Optogenetics and tau imaging hold a lot of promise for conditions like depression and CTE.