Dana News E-Blast: January

Here are some stories recently posted on dana.org

cere_article_Baumann_0116_featThe Changing Face of Recreational Drug Use

by Michael H. Baumann, Ph.D.

Known as “designer drugs,” new psychoactive substances (NPS) represents a disturbing new trend. Our article describes what is known about the molecular mechanisms of action, and highlights some of the considerable challenges in dealing with this public health problem. From Cerebrum, our online magazine of ideas.

Adcock, R. Alison_heashotA Study of Motivation

It’s difficult to know what motivates people, but R. Alison Adcock’s lab is using imaging to study how states like desire and curiosity can facilitate “motivated memory.” Her work could have implications in the education field, but also in other learning contexts like psychotherapy and behavior change. One of our series of Scientist Q&As.

DNA Repair System Implicated in Brain Disorders, Too

DNA damage and repair are widely studied by cancer biologists and immunologists; now neuroscientists are taking a look.

Inflammation Dampens Reward Circuits in Depression

Growing evidence of a link between inflammation and mood suggests new pathways to possible treatments.

Feeling Our Way: The Challenge of Studying Emotion and the Brain

While scientists are learning how important emotional input is to nearly every aspect of cognition, behavior, and disease, understanding how that works is a tangled puzzle.

Nurturing Brain Development in Preterm Infants

While neo-natal intensive care units (NICUs) do wonders at keeping prematurely born babies alive, they haven’t focused on helping their brains get back on track. An intervention that adds maternal scents and touches as early as possible may help.

McKhann_thmbKids and Football

By imaging his own brain more than once a week for 18 months, researcher Russell Poldrack investigates variability and individual differences. Dr. Guy McKhann’s monthly column from Brain in the News.

‘Network Neuroscience’ Offers a Better Understanding of Brain Function

Researchers also hope to treat neural injuries and disease by correcting the brain’s network dynamics.

Celebrate BAW Image_SquareMark your calendars: Brain Awareness Week is March 14-20, 2016

This month #Brainweek partners will start putting their events on the Brain Awareness Week Calendar. Last year events were held on six continents; chances are good there will be a few near you. To whet your appetite, here’s our new 1-min cartoon describing all the fun.


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