When the cardboard cartons containing Cerebrum: Emerging Ideas in Brain Science 2018 arrived at our offices in midtown Manhattan a few weeks ago, pulling them out for the first time felt a bit like the birth of a new child. And like a newborn baby, each of the five anthology’s I’ve edited since coming to the Dana Foundation has its own look, personality, and distinct characteristics.
Let’s start with the look. The provocative cover is the work of J.F. Potevin, a French born, California-based artist whose work has appeared on the covers of Scientific American and Discover magazines. The cover also includes a complete list of contributors, many of them among the most distinguished neuroscientists in their research areas: Helen Mayberg on imaging, Beth Stevens on microglia, and Alvaro Pascual-Leone on deep brain stimulation, for example.
This year’s edition is also the first time the book has been printed entirely in four-color, a new approach that represents an exciting milestone.
For those of you unfamiliar with Cerebrum, it is the Dana Foundation’s monthly, online publication of articles and book reviews that asks neuroscientists to explain the importance of complex research and public policy issues in simple and understandable language to readers interested in the brain. We’re proud that last year’s anthology was selected as a finalist for the 2017 INDIES Book of the Year Award in the “Science” category by Foreword Reviews.
Among this year’s features are essays that should prove especially compelling to readers who follow neuroethics. On the 15th anniversary of the Neuroethics: Mapping the Field conference (the first on neuroethics) in San Francisco, we asked three of the original speakers to reflect on how far the neuroethics field has come in in that time—and where the field may be going in the next 15. We also included a transcript from a podcast with Steven E. Hyman, director of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University and the founding president of the International Neuroethics Society.
It is almost impossible to single out favorite articles in this year’s edition. But here are a few examples: David Amaral examining the prenatal factors that may contribute to autism; Dharma Singh Khalsa and George Perry writing about lifestyle changes that can help in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease; and Jamie Adams, Christopher Tarolli, and E. Ray Dorsey discussing the growing use of telehealth in psychiatric and neurological care.
Ed Bullmore, director of the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre in the University of Cambridge, provides additional insight in his foreword on the growing movement in neuroscience to look beyond the nervous system to links between the brain and body, and the brain and the outside world.
The softcover book is now available on Amazon and University Chicago Press. You can opt in to Cerebrum online by inserting your email address here or sample our archive of monthly articles and podcast with Cerebrum authors here.
– Bill Glovin