Dana News E-Blast: May

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The Power of Tau


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.

John O'Keefe photoThe Journey to the Cognitive Map

2014 Nobel Prize winner John O’Keefe described the path to our understanding of how place works in the brain during a special lecture celebrating the British Neuroscience Association’s 50th year.

Teasing Apart How Food Can Make Us Well

Many researchers at a New York Academy of Sciences symposium described a “nexus of nutrition, aging, and dementia.”

Schizophrenia Research Zeroes In on Fast-Spiking Interneurons

Could the disorder–often characterized by hearing voices–be a failure of brain rhythms?

Alan Alda photoAlan Alda on Communicating Science

Alan Alda recently spoke at Columbia University as part of his mission to make science as accessible to the public as baseball or bacon. His lecture, “Getting Behind a Blind Date with Science,” was co- sponsored by Dana and the Kavli Foundation. From the Dana blog.

Dementia DecodedCerebral Malaria caretaker

In a new five-part podcast series, The New York Academy of Sciences’ Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Initiative hears from leaders in the field on topics such as: history of Alzheimer’s disease and discoveries; exploration of disease mechanisms; clinical trials, prevention, and risk reduction; practical information about diagnosis and care; and funding, international activity, and the way forward. Four of the podcasts are available now; the fifth will post Thursday, May 21. The Dana Foundation sponsored this series.

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