Dana Newsletter: June

Here are some stories recently posted on www.dana.org:

cere_spotlight_Tracy_060116_contThe Neuro Funding Rollercoaster
by Harry M. Tracy, Ph.D.
Advances that have the potential to affect the quality of life for millions of people are very much dependent on the wild fluctuations of research and development funding from private and corporate lenders for cognitive neuroscience. From Cerebrum, our online magazine of ideas. Listen to a podcast interview with Dr. Tracy.

Growth Charts for Brain Development?
An early, prospective study suggests that pinpointing where children are on a scale of brain connectivity could tell doctors which child is at risk of developing problems.

The Sticking Power of Amyloid
Human tests on drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease by clearing amyloid beta clumps have shown mixed results at best. Some researchers now think prevention may be more feasible than cure.

child_meditation_thmbThe Mindful Brain: White-Matter Changes May Explain Behavioral Effects of Mindfulness Meditation Practices
Mindfulness-based meditation is now established as a valid stress-reduction tool, backed by a growing body of solid science illuminating its effects on the brain and health. One of our series of Briefing Papers.

Seeking Answers to Addiction
Many of the presenters at the recent Aspen Brain Forum focused on the vulnerable period of adolescence, looking for markers of those most at risk.

Can Strong Communities Build Resilience in Military Children?
Research presented at the recent Pediatric Academic Societies meeting suggests that the number of mental-health diagnoses among children with parents in the military has increased in the past decade. Other research suggests that coordinated medical care and specific social supports might help all children thrive.

Advances in Our Knowledge of Stroke Mechanisms and Therapy
While there are still debates as to whether we have successfully traveled from clot removal in early stroke to effective treatments in the second stroke injury, it is clear that we have gained more knowledge in the past two decades than any in our prior history. One of our series of Reports on Progress.

aaas-aging-speakersGrowing Older and Cognition: Your Mileage May Vary

“It is exciting to know that there might be things people can do in their daily lives” that can really make a difference, Marilyn Albert, center, said at a ‪neuroseries‬ event at AAAS in DC this month. From our blog. ‪

brain glossary


New Resource

Find definitions for common brain terms in our newly expanded glossary. [PDF]



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