Now Open for Submissions: 2019 Brain Awareness Week Video Contest

Are you interested in producing a short video to communicate an aspect of brain science that fascinates you? Does teaming up with a member of the world’s largest organization of scientists and physicians sound exciting? What about the chance to win $1,000 and a trip to Neuroscience 2019 in Chicago?  If you answered “yes” to all of these questions, then the Society for Neuroscience’s Brain Awareness Video Contest is just for you!

Submissions are now open for the 2019 contest, and anyone interested in explaining a neuroscience concept to a lay audience can enter. The Society for Neuroscience offers tips on creating a great video on their site: BrainFacts.org.

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Free Brain Awareness Week Handouts and Resources

Now in its 24th year, Brain Awareness Week  (March 11-17) is rapidly approaching, and this is the time for partners (and everyone) to take advantage of the free downloadable materials we have available on dana.org. Our printable fact sheets and puzzles make great handouts during this week-long celebration of the brain, as well for other neuroscience outreach events throughout the year. Our lesson plans offer ready-made activities for the classroom, to help inspire the next generation of neuroscientists. 

In one of our lesson plans, you can learn about neurotransmission, while also making neurons out of pipe-cleaners!

On our Fact Sheets page, you’ll find information for adults on neuroscience topics including stroke, neurotransmission, the senses, learning and memory, neurodegenerative diseases, mental illness, addiction, and more. Our fact sheets for Kids cover topics such as how the brain works, exercise and the brain, brain development, and addiction. Most of these materials are also available in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, and German.
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Glossary of Brain Science Terms

Do you enjoy reading about the brain, but occasionally run into a neuroscience term you don’t know or that sounds familiar, but you just can’t quite put your finger on its meaning? The Dana Foundation’s Glossary of Key Brain Science Terms is a handy companion for those instances.

brain_glossary_cover_imgWant to know the difference between explicit and implicit memory? We’ve got you covered. Aren’t quite sure what brain plasticity means? We offer a concise explanation.

The Glossary has more than 150 defined terms and can be bookmarked on your computer for easy reference or printed to have on hand.

We hope you find it useful!

CRISPR Beyond Gene-Edited Babies

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In late November, it was hard to miss the shocking claim that a Chinese researcher used CRISPR, a relatively new gene-editing technique, on twin baby girls while in the embryonic state. According to the Associated Press, the researcher, He Jiankui, said his goal “was not to cure or prevent an inherited disease, but to try to bestow a trait that few people naturally have—an ability to resist possible future infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.”

The procedure was quickly denounced by many scientists as unsafe and unethical, with the potential to harm not only the girls’ genes, but also their offspring. Many articles on the subject followed, debating the ethics and safety of the work. Adding to the controversy is that the research has yet to be verified in a peer-reviewed journal.

But how did we get here? What is CRISPR and its intended use? For people who want a little more background on this groundbreaking technique, and its importance beyond the latest headlines, we invite you read our new briefing paper on CRISPR and its use in neuroscience—both as a research tool and, potentially, a treatment for brain-related disorders.

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