“TIME 100″ Recognizes Rudy Tanzi, Ph.D.

Last week, Time Magazine published its annual list of the world’s most influential pioneers. We are pleased to announce that Dana Alliance member, Rudolph Tanzi, Ph.D., has been deemed a “TIME 100” honoree for his leading research on finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

Tanzi currently serves as Chair of the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund Research Consortium, Professor of Neurology at Harvard University, and director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as head of the Alzheimer’s Genome Project.

From left, Rudy Tanzi, with Joe Perry of Aerosmith and Francis Collins of the National Institutes of Health, in a photo from the Rockstars of Science series that first ran in GQ magazine in 2009.(Geoffrey Beene Gives Back/GQ)

From left, Rudy Tanzi, with Joe Perry of Aerosmith and Francis Collins of the National Institutes of Health, in a photo from the Rockstars of Science series that first ran in GQ magazine in 2009.(Geoffrey Beene Gives Back/GQ)

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“I Was a Child” at the Rubin Museum

The topic of a recent Brainwave event called “I Was a Child” is one that we rely on every single day: the function of memory. Bruce Eric Kaplan (also known as BEK) has been a cartoonist for The New Yorker for more than twenty years, as well as a writer for shows including “Seinfeld” and HBO’s “Girls.” Joining him on stage was Therapeutic Cognitive Neuroscience Professor Barry Gordon, M.D., to discuss the role memory plays in keeping us bound to the past.

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Report on Progress: What Were You Thinking?!

“What Were You Thinking?!” is the title of the latest Report on Progress, where Marisa Silveri, Ph.D., gives insight into the teenage brain.

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Brain Quiz Show Tonight

A signature event of Brain Awareness Week is the Brain Bee, which tests high school students’ knowledge of neuroscience in a live Q&A competition.  Students compete in local competitions, which lead to a national competition in Maryland in March, and then on to the International contest, which this year is taking place in Cairns, Australia in August.

Thanks to our friends at Brainfacts.org, I’ve recently learned of another neuroscience quiz show, this time in the undergraduate arena. The Center for Biomedical Neuroscience (CBN) Brain Bowl “includes three rounds of short answer questions that get more difficult with each round. The final round is a complex ‘challenge’ question, where teams can wager points they have accumulated in the previous rounds.” This year’s competing universities are Trinity University, University of Texas at Dallas, and University of Texas at Arlington.

If you’re curious to see what it’s all about, check out the livestream tonight at 7 p.m. CST (8 p.m. EST). You can also read more about the competition on the UT Health Science Center website.

-Ann L. Whitman

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BAW Across the Continents 2015: Europe

If you’ve been following this blog series, you’ve already read about 2015 Brain Awareness Week campaigns in Africa, Asia, Australia, South America, and North America. Today we complete the series with the difficult task of picking just a few highlights from the hundreds of events that took place across Europe. The 23 participating countries were: Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. There were tons of great Brain Awareness Week events this year. Here are a few highlights:

Brain Awareness Week event at the University of Helsinki, Finland, BAW 2014

Brain Awareness Week event at the University of Helsinki, Finland, BAW 2014

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