Dana Press Offers Cerebrum Anthology 2016

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It somehow seemed appropriate that this year’s Cerebrum anthology arrived at our offices just in time for the start of Brain Awareness Week (BAW), the global campaign to raise awareness on the progress and benefits of brain research. Cerebrum has the same goal that inspired the Dana Foundation’s idea for BAW in 1996. We just go about it a little differently.

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Discovering the Art of the Brain

New imaging techniques let scientists and doctors see what is going on inside our brains in better detail than ever before. These images help develop a better understanding of the brain and its disorders, but what if we looked at them as art?

In honor of Brain Awareness Week (March 13-19), Mount Sinai’s Friedman Brain Institute opened their 2017 “Art of the Brain” exhibition to celebrate the beauty of the brain. Researchers took on the role of artist and displayed brain-inspired pieces at the Grady Alexis Gallery in New York City.

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Brain tumors by Anthony B. Costa, Ph.D.; Holly Oemke; Leslie Schlachter; Jillian Beroza; and Joshua B. Bederon, M.D.

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BioBase Event for Brain Awareness Week

To kick off Brain Awareness Week, the BioBase center hosted an event on Monday at their new location in Harlem. Children, parents, and teachers turned up to the sun-lit, glass-enclosed space to learn more about neuroscience, and they even had the chance to touch a human brain.

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2017 Winners for “Design a Brain Experiment” Competition

The time has finally come to announce this year’s champions of the Dana Foundation’s annual “Design a Brain Experiment” competition, where we asked high school students across the country to try their hand at creating an original science experiment to test theories about the brain. Every year, the competition judges face the challenge of selecting two winners from a tall stack of impressive submissions. However, this year made history with a first-ever tie for our second-place winners!

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Photo courtesy of Medha Palnati

The first place prize of $500 goes to Medha Palnati from Westford Academy in Massachusetts for her impressive submission, “The Use of CRISPR Technology to Test Gene Therapy as a Treatment to Early-Onset Familial Alzheimer’s Disease in Zebrafish.” Palnati’s proposal explores the potential of using an exciting new experimental form of gene therapy to treat early-onset Familial Alzheimer’s disease (FAD). FAD is usually caused by an inherited gene mutation and occurs in about five percent of all people with Alzheimer’s disease. Palnati’s research proposal uses zebrafish as a model to test this potential therapy.

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It’s Brain Awareness Week 2017! Check out the Calendar of Events!

It is Brain Awareness Week (BAW) 2017 (March 13-19), and there are over 675 events on the BAW Calendar of Events! Across five continents, people of all ages are celebrating BAW through lectures and symposiums, exhibits, workshops, lab tours, school visits, and much more!

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A demonstration of how neurons work during Brain Awareness Week 2016, organized by the Electrophysiology Lab and Neurophysiology Lab, Multidisciplinary Institute of Cell Biology in Argentina.

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