Dana News E-Blast: March

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BAW2016Logo_withdateHappy Brain Awareness Week!

Every March, organizations worldwide celebrate the brain with people of all ages. There are more than 700 events around the globe this week. Check the Brain Awareness Week Calendar for one near you, and follow the fun on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

malignant protein puzzleThe Malignant Protein Puzzle

Studying how proteins such as PrP, amyloid beta, tau, and others aggregate and spread, and kill brain cells, represents a crucial new frontier in neuroscience for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, CTE, and ALS. From Cerebrum, our online magazine of ideas.

The Search for the Signature of Depression

Using longitudinal studies of families and brain imaging of children, researchers find potential biomarkers of risk.

Cholesterol-Regulating Enzyme is a Promising New Target for Alzheimer’s Prevention

The Idol enzyme, first considered a target for preventing heart disease, also appears to influence the amount of harmful plaques in the brain.

Zika and the Brain

How viruses like Zika disturb fetal brain development is a long-standing mystery.

Teasing Out Effects of Practice, Emotion in the Creative Brain

Studies asking musicians to improvise while having their brains scanned suggest that extended practice in being creative leads to less activity in some control-related brain regions and stronger network connections.

crossword puzzleFor Brain Awareness Week, we’ve created two sets of downloadable fact sheets: one for kids (with puzzles and games, too) and one for adults (in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese).


Design a Brain WinnersCongrats to our Design a Brain Experiment Winners!

Emery Powell of Bard High School Early College Queens and Sepehr Asgari of Carmel High School in Indiana are this year’s winners of our contest to design an experiment to solve a question about the brain. Powell’s experiment: “Antagonists of the Fyn kinase pathway as potential therapies for Alzheimer’s disease” Asgari’s: “Engineering of Conjugated Endolysins to Combat Neurological Damage Caused by Bacterial Meningitis.”

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