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How Stem Cells Build a Complex Brain

Guest post by science writer Carl Sherman Within the brain’s complexity is the diversity of its 10 billion neurons: large, small, thin, fat, connected by long fibrils or short bushy ones. Some produce the neurotransmitter serotonin; others dopamine or norepinephrine. … Continue reading

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Better Support Needed for Parents of Autistic Adults

Dana Alliance member Barry Gordon, M.D., is familiar with autism on both a personal and professional level. Gordon, a behavioral neurologist and cognitive neuroscientist at Johns Hopkins with interests in disorders of speech, language, and memory, is also father to … Continue reading

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Wiring the Brain: Columbia’s Mind Brain Behavior Institute

What makes us human? This conundrum, a perennial challenge to poets and philosophers, was the subject of a talk last Wednesday hosted by Columbia University’s Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute and sponsored by the Dana Foundation. From a neuroscientist’s perspective, … Continue reading

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Early Brain Development in Children

At a recent Columbia Mind Brain Behavior lecture, Elizabeth Hillman discussed blood flow in the developing brain, and how her research may help point the way to new treatments for brain disorders in both children and adults.
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Impacts of Stress on the Young Brain

At a July Capitol Hill briefing, organized by AAAS and supported by Dana, experts discussed the long-term impacts of stress and violence on the young brain.
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