Dana/EDAB FENS Outreach Champions Announced

The European Dana Alliance for the Brain (EDAB) presents two Outreach Champion Awards with the Federation of European Neurosciences Societies (FENS) every two years at the biennial FENS Forum of Neuroscience. The 2016 winners were announced during an awards ceremony on July 4th at this year’s FENS Forum in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Dana/EDAB Neuroscience Outreach Champion, also known as The David and Hillie Mahoney Award for an Individual’s Contribution to Outreach, is presented to a person who has significantly contributed to the promotion of brain awareness, through continued public outreach efforts for a period of three or more years. This year’s winner is Paul Bolam, emeritus professor and senior scientist at the Medical Research Council’s Brain Networks Dynamics Unit at the University of Oxford. His outreach includes 75 talks over the last seven years, usually covering topics such as the aging brain and Parkinson’s disease.

edab fens president

From left to right: FENS President Monica DiLuca and Paul Bolam            Photo credit: Jesper Ludvigsen 

Continue reading

New Successful Ageing Video Discusses Advances in Geriatric Research

Global life expectancy has gone up 39 years since 1900 and is predicted to rise at least another six years by 2050, according to a United Nations forecast. With people living longer than ever, geriatric research is of vital importance.

London’s annual Successful Ageing program, titled “Live Longer, Live Well – Seize the Day!” focused on the history of geriatric research and new, promising advances. The event was jointly organized by the European Dana Alliance for the Brain and the University of the Third Age.

Professor Richard Faragher, University of Brighton, briefed the audience on topics from genes that may lengthen life to senescent cell elimination, which could slow the effects of aging. We have come a long way in understanding the aging process and are moving towards higher quality, longer lives, he said.

Check out the full video for information on the latest advances:

For more resources on the aging brain, go to our Successful Aging & Your Brain YouTube playlist or view our Successful Aging and the Brain booklet.

– Ali Chunovic

Empowering Female Neuroscientists

MDierssen-1When Mara Dierssen started her career as a neuroscientist, she often encountered gender discrimination. Working in a male-dominated field, she had to combat stereotypes about passivity and leadership. Lacking a female role model, she now realizes that she was unaware of many of the scientific community’s “unwritten rules,” like how to receive funding for projects, do interviews, and publish findings.

Years later, Dierssen’s strong drive to succeed, intense passion for neuroscience, and work ethic have helped her become  a senior scientist at the Centre for Biomedical Research, president of the Spanish Society for Neuroscience, a member of the European Dana Alliance, as well as a mother of four children. Dierssen, who recently talked about gender and neuroscience in an interview with the Society for Neuroscience (SfN),  has become a role model for today’s young female neuroscientists, not only because of her achievements as a neuroscientist, but also through her dedication to public outreach and gender equality.

Continue reading

EDAB Inaugurates Neuroscience Outreach Program Awards

The European Dana Alliance for the Brain (EDAB), in collaboration with the Federation for European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), established two prizes to reward public outreach projects and special contributions by individuals and organizations. The winners of each award will receive Euro 2,000. For more information, click on links below:

• The Dana/EDAB Neuroscience Outreach Champion, also known as The David and Hillie Mahoney Award for an Individual’s Contribution to Outreach will be awarded to an individual — an artist or politician, not necessarily a scientist — who has significantly contributed to the promotion of brain awareness, through continued outreach efforts over a period of years.

• The EDAB-FENS Brain Awareness Week (BAW) Excellence Award will recognize the outstanding presentation of a BAW outreach program in the past two years by an organization.

Deadline: 1 May 2014

Dana Alliance Members in the News

The Dana Foundation works closely with the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and the European Dana Alliance for the Brain, groups of neuroscientists committed to advancing public awareness about the progress and promise of brain research. Many Alliance members participate in the Foundation’s outreach programs, such as Brain Awareness Week and Staying Sharp.

In addition to their commitment to outreach, the members are top researchers in their fields. Two were recently featured in notable news stories.

Continue reading

%d bloggers like this: