Dana News E-Blast: August

Here are some stories recently posted on www.dana.org:

The Holy Grail of Psychiatry

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by Charles B. Nemeroff, MD, PhD

In 2013, a group led by Helen Mayberg published a groundbreaking paper that sought an answer to one of the most discussed conundrums in psychiatry: Can specific patterns of brain activity indicate how a depressed person will respond to treatment? Our author examines the findings and their potential impact on treatment for a public health problem that affects millions of people worldwide. From Cerebrum, our online magazine of ideas.

Study of Alpha Synuclein ‘Strains’ Deepens Understanding of Parkinson’s and Related Diseases

Findings also hint that “synucleinopathies” may in rare cases be contagious.

ALS: A Mystery Almost Solved?

Scientists seem to be zeroing in on the once-elusive mechanisms of ALS, and are starting to design and test therapies that target those mechanisms. One of our series of Briefing Papers.

Clue to Brain Regeneration Discovered in Certain Lab Mice

Finding hints at future treatment strategy for traumatic brain injury, stroke, and Alzheimer’s.

Axons Help New Neurons Travel During Development

Recent research provides strong evidence that pollutants cause harms, and suggests underlying pathways and mechanisms.

stayingsharpbookStaying Sharp: Successful Aging and the Brain

When is memory loss a sign of dementia? What actions can be taken to help maintain brain health? Our new, free booklet gives answers to these and other memory-oriented questions in easy-to-understand language. (link is direct to PDF)

Dana News E-Blast: July

Below is yesterday’s Dana News email blast. You can sign up to receive this (and other Dana email alerts and/or print publications) by going here.

The Power of Tau

july eblastby Patrick F. Sullivan, MD, FRANZCP

In July 2014, an international consortium of schizophrenia researchers mounted the largest biological experiment in the history of psychiatry. Now, with many more avenues for exploring the biological underpinnings of schizophrenia available to neuroscientists, hope may be on the way for the estimated 1 in 100 people worldwide affected by the illness. From Cerebrum, our online magazine of ideas. Also check out a Q&A with Dr. Sullivan.

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Dana News E-Blast: May

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The Power of Tau

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by Kenneth S. Kosik, MD

Tau protein helps nerve cells in the brain maintain their function and structure. When tau turns toxic, replicates, and spreads, neurons misfire and die. If neuroscientists can pinpoint the reasons for toxicity, identify possible modified tau states, and find a way to block tau’s movement from cell to cell, then progress can be made in fighting any number of neurological disorders. From Cerebrum, our online magazine of ideas. Continue reading

Dana Newsletter: December

Below is the content that appeared in the latest Dana email newsletter. You can sign up to receive this (and other Dana email alerts and/or print publications) by going here.

You Say You Want a Revolution?

by Wise Young, M.D., Ph.D., and Patricia Morton, Ph.D.

From the frontlines of spinal cord research, the authors lean on lessons from the past, their own experience, and events still unfolding as they raise questions about the future of all scientific research. From Cerebrum, our online magazine of ideas.

See also: Q&A with Wise Young

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Dana Newsletter: October

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With a Little Help from Our Friends: How the Brain Processes Empathy

by Peggy Mason, Ph.D.

Why are certain individuals born with a brain that is wired to help others? What daily habits or life experiences reinforce compassion but also selfishness, narcissism, and psychopathy? A better understanding of the neurobiological underpinnings for how the brain processes empathy could lead to more social cohesion and less antisocial harm in society. From Cerebrum, our online magazine of ideas.

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