Dana News E-Blast: December

Here are some stories recently posted on dana.org

Cognitive Skills and the Aging Brain: What to Expect

Cerebrum - article
Despite dementia and other neurobiological disorders that we associate with aging, improved imaging has revealed that even into our seventies, our brains continue producing new neurons. Diane B. Howieson, PhD, describes how mental health functions react to the normal aging process, including why an aging brain may even form the basis for wisdom. From Cerebrum, our online magazine.

Making the Connectome Personal: One Brain, Many Scans


By imaging his own brain more than once a week for 18 months, researcher Russell Poldrack investigates variability and individual differences.


Beyond Optogenetics: Controlling Neurons with Ultrasound

“Sonogenetics” could be a powerful new neuroscientific tool.

Big Data and the Brain: Peeking at the Future of Neuroscience

“I don’t think, going forward, that neuroscientists are going to be fully capable of doing all the great things they want to do without a level of comfort with computational analysis,” said NIH Director Francis Collins said at the recent Society for Neuroscience annual meeting.

The Long-Term Effects of Adolescent Alcohol Exposure

Researchers find clues to why teens binge and which brain areas may be most susceptible to danger during this sensitive period.

MS: What We Know and What We Need to Learn

While our understanding of relapsing remitting disease and treatment options have expanded enormously in recent years, understanding the mechanism of secondary and primary progressive MS, including the neurodegenerative aspects of these diseases, remains a central question. One of our series of Reports on Progress.

High-Tech Imaging Targets Brain Damage in Kids with Malaria

Michael Potchen (thmb)Despite being a common disease, little is known about how malaria affects children’s brains. Using high-field MRI to scan children in sub-Saharan Africa, Dana grantee Michael Potchen and his team shed light on what may cause malaria-related brain swelling, which can lead to death and morbidity. One of our series of Scientist Q&As.

Experiment-design contest closes January 15, 2016


The deadline for the Dana Foundation’s “Design a Brain Experiment” competition is in less than a month. This season’s “thought experiment” challenge for US high school students closes January 15, 2016.




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