Dana Newsletter: August 2014

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Students: Design a Brain Experiment

The Dana Foundation is asking U.S. high school students to submit their most creative brain experiment ideas to the fourth annual Design a Brain Experiment Competition. Submissions must test an idea about the brain, anything from examining the effects of art on the adolescent brain to exploring alternative treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. Students should not complete their experiments, so be creative!

The Neurobiology of Resilience

Most drug development for depression has focused on undoing the bad effects of stress, but new research suggests that finding ways to induce resilience could lead to new treatments. One of our series of Briefing Papers.

Why Studies of Fighting Fruit Flies Are Relevant to Understanding Human Aggression

Even though the brain of a fly doesn’t look like our own brain, it appears to follow certain basic principles in how it uses its neurons to control behavior, which may generalize to “higher” organisms, including humans. One of our series of Reports on Progress.

Beyond Serotonin: Depression at the microRNA Level

Researchers focusing on glutamate pathways may have found a potential biomarker for the mood disorder.

Stem Cell Transplants Show Promise for Future Parkinson’s Treatments

Cells transplanted into brains of people with late-stage Parkinson’s remained functional for more than a decade after implant.

Autism Remains a Mystery, but Help May Be on the Horizon

As autism prevalence rises, early behavioral intervention is key, experts say, and insights on brain signaling could lead to new treatments. A report from a Capitol Hill briefing in July. See also links to video of the briefing.

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