Scientists Weigh in on Special Needs Learning

“Allowing children to fail, to think they’re ‘dumb,’ is no longer acceptable,” said Dana Alliance member Sally Shaywitz at a recent Capitol Hill briefing on what neuroscience can tell us about educating special needs children.

Shaywitz, co-director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, joined fellow panelists Dana Alliance member Martha Denckla and Damien Fair for a discussion that addressed the importance and the difficulty of early detection of learning disorders such as dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). As reported by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS):

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A Global Feat at the 2015 International Brain Bee

Earlier this year, we recognized the winner of the NYC Regional Brain Bee, which took place shortly before the 20th anniversary of Brain Awareness Week.  Now, we are pleased to announce  the winner of the 2015 International Brain Bee.

From August 20-26, the 17th annual International Brain Bee took place on the other side of the globe in Cairns, Australia. Like its regional predecessor, the competition is limited to high school students, ages 13-19, and serves as a stimulating challenge for those interested in pursuing a career in neuroscience. With 24 participants from 24 different countries, this was the largest competition since its inception in 1999. Students journeyed from their homelands of Grenada, Iran, Macau, Romania, Nepal, Ukraine, Japan, and the United States along with many more, to participate.

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The Science of Educating Special Needs Children

A Public Luncheon Briefing
Hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Through the Support of the Dana Foundation

In Conjunction with Rep. Chaka Fattah

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
12:00-1:30 p.m.
B369 Rayburn House Office Building
Lunch Provided

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Free Staying Sharp Program Saturday, August 29 in Gainesville, Georgia

Are you going to be near Gainesville, Georgia this weekend? If so, please join us Saturday morning, August 29 for our free Staying Sharp forum. It will be an exciting and informational morning that includes a panel discussion from 10 to 11 AM with Swati Gaur, MD, the medical director and owner of Senior Care Office LLC, and Patrick A. Griffith, MD, FAAN, a professor of clinical medicine at SABA University and a member of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives.  As an added bonus, the session will be moderated by Dr. Griffith’s wife, Marcia Griffith. The panel will discuss the latest information on the aging brain, memory, Alzheimer’s disease, brain health, and more. For the last thirty minutes, they will take questions from the audience.


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Focused Ultrasound: How Sound Can Heal Your Brain

Amanda Buch with focused ultrasound equipment.  Photo courtesy of Buch

Amanda Buch with focused ultrasound equipment. Photo courtesy of Buch

What do bubbles, sound waves, and Michael J. Fox have in common?

I found the answer during a presentation at the Columbia University Medical Center.  Amanda Buch, a Bridge to Ph.D. student in biomedical engineering and neuroscience at the university, revealed the common denominator in the Late Night Science talk, “Focused Ultrasound: How Sound Can Heal Your Brain.” Continue reading


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