Free Public Briefing on Neurotechnology and the Military

In the Washington, DC area on Friday lunchtime? Come learn about cutting-edge, brain-related technologies that are particularly relevant to members of the military and their families.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Come to a free public luncheon briefing, “Neurotechnology and the Military,” hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), through the support of the Dana Foundation, and in conjunction with the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus.

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Paula Croxson Receives SfN Science Educator Award

Paula Croxson (photo: Veronica Szarejko)

Each year, the Society for Neuroscience recognizes outstanding neuroscientists who have strongly added to public education and awareness about the field. The Dana Foundation sponsors these awards. This year’s award was presented to Paula Croxson, D.Phil., of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, during the society’s annual meeting, in Washington, DC, on Tuesday.

Q: How did you get into doing events like “Pint of Science” gatherings?

Dr. Croxson: I started by taking part in Mount Sinai’s outreach program, MINDS, and through that was introduced to others who were taking part in the Dana Foundation’s Brain Awareness Week efforts in New York (BraiNY). My first event was when I told a story for the science storytelling show The Story Collider. I found myself on stage telling a true, personal story about my grandmother’s Alzheimer’s disease and how my own research into memory disorders helped me understand what she went through. It was incredible. I hadn’t imagined what an impact my story would have on other people, and I hadn’t realized how much more connected it would make me feel to the impact my work could have on the world. It changed my life.

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Zombie Apocalypse 101

Now that it’s Halloween, it’s only appropriate that we ask ourselves: What do we do if—or when—a zombie apocalypse occurs? In movies, books, and shows, zombies are depicted as reanimated corpses that feed on living humans (more often than not, on their brains). So in the spirit of the holiday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) uses the fictional monster to outline everything there is to know about expecting the unexpected on their page, Preparedness 101.

CDC Halloween

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Inside the Mind of a Bully

A student pushes his classmate on the playground. An employee makes rude comments to a coworker. One sister pulls the other sister’s hair. We’ve all experienced or witnessed bullying in our lives, but what makes someone bully? What are the effects of bullying?

The theme of the 2017 public lecture at Mount Sinai, sponsored by The Friedman Brain Institute and Mentoring in Neuroscience Discovery at Sinai, was “Resilience in the Face of Fear and Aggression: A window into neuroscience research.” Panelists Scott Russo, Ph.D., Daniela Schiller, Ph.D., and James Murrough, M.D., spoke about their basic, translational, and clinical research on the topic.

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The Effects of Moderate Drinking on the Brain

Alcohol - Moderate Drinking

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For those of us who enjoy a glass of wine with dinner or a beer or two with friends after work on occasion, research over the last decade handed us a gift with multiple reports suggesting that moderate drinking may have some health benefits by lowering one’s risk of cardiovascular incidents and dementia. But a recent study by Anya Topawala and colleagues in London says not so fast. The rigorously designed longitudinal study, which tracked the alcohol intake and cognitive status of 550 participants over 30 years, found that even moderate drinking was associated with adverse brain outcomes.
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