Brain in the News

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Are you subscribed to Brain in the News? Our free, monthly periodical has been circulating around the globe by the tens of thousands since 1994, keeping readers up to date with trending stories in the field of neuroscience.

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Brain in the News

The internet has made information accessible in ways it never was before, and the Dana Foundation certainly takes advantage, publishing content on its website daily. At the same time, print has become a forgotten medium. Not at Dana, where Brain in the News boasts an impressive subscriber list.

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Brain in the News

With all of the great content being produced by the Dana Foundation, we don’t want you to forget about Brain in the News. It is our free, monthly print publication. To subscribe, click here and register. We debuted a new design at the beginning of the year that not only gives BitN a more modern look, but should make the content easier to digest as well.

If you’re looking for accurate, interesting neuroscience articles from a variety of sources, in addition to an original column from our advisor, Guy McKhann, M.D., go ahead and subscribe.

–Andrew Kahn

New Look for Brain in the News

Brain in the News, the Dana Foundation’s free, monthly print publication, is getting a makeover. The content will not change, but the design of the publication will. Starting with the January issue, BitN will have a new look. The previously green banner will now be blue, consistent with the main color on the Dana website. There will be more font uniformity, and we will no longer exclusively rely on stories stacking on top of one another—Guy McKhann’s column, for example, will appear as, well, a column. There are more subtle changes as well.

While layout and design are a matter of taste and preference, we hope readers will find the new look to be cleaner and more modern than its predecessor. And Brain in the News will still feature accurate, interesting neuroscience articles from a variety of publications.

To subscribe to Brain in the News—remember, it’s free and will be delivered to your mailbox every month—click here and register.

– Andrew Kahn

H.M.’s brain: part of a good month for memory

As December began we reported
on the imminent sectioning of the brain of Henry Molaison, or H.M., whose inability
to form new memories has fascinated neuroscientists for decades. Many other
articles, both about H.M. specifically and memory more generally, have appeared
in the weeks since the sectioning.

Dana’s Brain
in the News
advisor, Guy McKhann, made H.M. the subject of his December
commentary
. McKhann provides a neuroscientist’s first-person perspective on
why the continuing study of Molaison’s brain is important.

In addition to the San
Diego Union-Tribune
article
we mentioned in our initial coverage, the Hartford
Courant
published an in-depth
piece
about Molaison on Nov. 29. On Dec. 4, after the sectioning had begun,
a public radio program in San Diego featured a conversation
with researcher Jacopo Annese of the University of California, San Diego (who
was in charge of the sectioning) and Dana Alliance member Suzanne Corkin of the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (who studied Molaison extensively during
his life and wrote
briefly about him in a 2008 Cerebrum book review). CNN also posted a story
that day about Molaison.

Just this week, the New
York Times
published
a piece
that focuses less on Molaison and more on the dissection technique,
which resulted in about 2,500 paper-thin slices of the brain. The scientists in
charge plan to extend the process to many other donated brains, both normal and
abnormal, and put up digital reproductions of slices online for access by
researchers worldwide. This combination of precision and accessibility should
open new doors in the study of brain anatomy, the researchers say.

And what of memory in general? This past week, Canada’s National Post has run a series of
well-thought-out articles
that delve deeply into the subject, with a couple
of passing mentions of H.M. but a much broader approach; first on the list is “Is [Memory] What
Makes Us Human?”
A related podcast
features an interview with the author of the series, Joseph Brean.

-Dan Gordon

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