A Lot on the Mind: Autism

In the second event hosted by Caveat NYC of a three-part series dedicated to explaining the most misunderstood neurological disorders, the focus was on autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Of the many neurological disorders that affect the world, autism is one of the most familiar. Affecting 1 out of every 59 people, there are characteristics associated with the disorder that seem to be fairly consistent. However, a running theme at last week’s event, “A Lot on the Mind – Understanding Autism with braiNY and Spectrum Magazine,” was that if you know one person with autism, you know one person with autism. There is a huge range of behaviors that define the disorder and individuals with autism have their own unique strengths and weaknesses.

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Lisa Shulman, M.D., gives the audience background on autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

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Dana Foundation Launches Neuroscience Outreach Video Series

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To support and encourage people interested in building an organization or communicating brain science through events, teaching, or writing, the Dana Foundation today launches the first of five “Community Neuroscience” videos. The videos, between 5 and 12 minutes in length, will air weekly on the Dana Foundation YouTube channel starting January 16, leading up to Brain Awareness Week (March 11-17), an annual global event that promotes the promise and benefits of brain research.

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Getting Ready for Brain Awareness Week 2019!

Brain Awareness Week (March 11-17) is only a few months away, so it’s time for our partners to start planning in earnest for their 2019 activities! Partners can take advantage of the many Dana Foundation resources available to support their outreach efforts on the campaign website.

What is Brain Awareness Week, you might ask? It’s the global campaign to increase public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research. Around the world, our partners organize fun and fascinating events and initiatives, uniting their efforts every March in a celebration of the brain. Here is an introduction to Brain Awareness Week and the benefits of becoming a partner:

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Glossary of Brain Science Terms

Do you enjoy reading about the brain, but occasionally run into a neuroscience term you don’t know or that sounds familiar, but you just can’t quite put your finger on its meaning? The Dana Foundation’s Glossary of Key Brain Science Terms is a handy companion for those instances.

brain_glossary_cover_imgWant to know the difference between explicit and implicit memory? We’ve got you covered. Aren’t quite sure what brain plasticity means? We offer a concise explanation.

The Glossary has more than 150 defined terms and can be bookmarked on your computer for easy reference or printed to have on hand.

We hope you find it useful!

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