SfN Launches New Brain Facts Book


Credit: Society for Neuroscience

Interested in learning more about how your brain works? Whether you’re looking for information about psychiatric disorders, the developing brain, addiction, or other brain topics, the Brain Facts book by the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) has got you covered. Produced in partnership with The Kavli Foundation and the Gatsby Foundation, Brain Facts gives an overview of the brain and nervous system, covering a variety of important topics in understandable language. Recently, SfN launched the eighth edition of the book, which was scientifically reviewed by nine members of the Dana Alliance, among others, to make sure the information is as credible and up-to-date as possible.

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Alda Crushes It

As editor of Cerebrum, the online neuroscience journal for The Dana Foundation, a primary function of my role is to invite some of the world’s top neuroscientists to write articles (with citations) to explain the latest developments in their specialty areas to lay readers. If they agree to the assignment, I encourage them to use conversational language, anecdotes, storytelling, and their own voice in communicating what are often complex and hard-to-explain topics: tau protein, grid cells, circadian rhythm, and stem cells—to name just a few. Sometimes they get it; more often they do not.

Best known for M*A*S*H*, Alan Alda has also appeared in 48 films, on Broadway, and written two books. Photo credit: Eileen Barroso, Columbia University

Best known for M*A*S*H*, Alan Alda has also appeared in 48 films, on Broadway, and written two books. Photo credit: Eileen Barroso, Columbia University

That’s a huge part of the reason I was so captivated by Alan Alda’s recent lecture at Columbia University. Alda is on a mission to make science as accessible to the public as baseball or bacon.  His lecture, entitled “Getting Behind a Blind Date with Science,” was co- sponsored by Dana and the Kavli Foundation, with introductory remarks by Nobel laureate Eric Kandel, Ph.D., co-director of the university’s Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute.

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Nov 6: Free Memory and Aging Webcast

Join Columbia neuroscientists and science writer Bruce Lieberman for a free webcast discussion on non-Alzheimer’s, age-related memory loss. In particular, the scientists, including Dana Alliance member Eric Kandel, M.D., will discuss their recent finding that age-related memory loss may be a distinct syndrome, apart from Alzheimer’s, and their work to restore memory loss of this kind.

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Live Webcast on Memory: April 11

Tomorrow (April 11) from 11:30am-noon, the Kavli Foundation is hosting a live Google Hangout on memory and they are taking questions now. On hand to respond to these questions will be Bradford Dickerson, associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and director of the Frontotemporal Disorders Unit and Dickerson Neuroimaging Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital; and Mayank Mehta, professor of neurophysics at the Brain Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. Science writer Bruce Lieberman will moderate.

You can submit your questions before or during the webcast by sending an e-mail to info@kavlifoundation.org or by tweeting them with the hashtag #KavliNeuro.

To access the Hangout, click here.

– Ann L. Whitman

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