Primers take an in-depth look at basic principles of neuroscience.
Science history, lessons, and activities, and news are covered at these sites.
Reviews by eminent neuroscientists of specific areas of research, including normal function, disease, and new technologies.
News, events, and commentary on bridging neuroscience and education.
News and analysis on the implications of brain research.
The Dana Alliance provides brain and neuron models, posters, and related educational materials to neuroscience departments to be used for educational outreach programming at local schools, community centers, museums, summer camps, etc.
New research suggests that neurodegenerative disease,
like neurodevelopmental disorders, may actually start with the synapse, the
small gap between two neurons in which neurochemical messages are passed.
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.
Brain mapping research, or connectomics, 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.
Why are we reviewing a book written by someone who shared in
the 1972 Nobel Prize in Physics for work on superconductivity? Because shortly after
winning the prize, Leon N. Cooper transitioned into brain research—specifically,
the biological basis of memory. He became director of the Brown University
Institute for Brain and Neural Systems, whose interdisciplinary program allowed
him to integrate research on the brain, physics, and even philosophy. His new book
tackles a diverse spectrum of topics and questions, including these: Does science
have limits? Where does order come from? Can we understand consciousness?
While our short-term memory ability may peak in youth, other cognitive skills hit their strides much later, researchers report from a series of crowd-sourced experiments.
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.