THE DANA ALLIANCE FOR BRAIN INITIATIVES
The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives is a
nonprofit organization of more than 200
leading neuroscientists, including nine Nobel
laureates. It was founded in 1992 at a
scientific conference at Cold Spring Harbor,
New York, sponsored by The Dana Foundation.
Nobel laureate James D. Watson, Ph.D.,
invited thirty preeminent scientists to assess
progress, refocus energy, and make a commitment
to shape the many ongoing approaches
to brain research into a strong, cohesive effort.
The resulting Dana Alliance is committed to
advancing education about the personal
and public benefits of brain research and disseminating
information on the brain to the
public in an understandable and accessible
fashion. The Allianceís goal is to bridge the
gap of understanding between what is being
accomplished in brain research and what
the general public knows.
Every March The Dana Alliance coordinates Brain
Awareness Week, a unique international partnership
of over 1,300 scientific institutions, service
and patient-advocacy groups, universities and
teaching hospitals. These organizations work to
expand public understanding of advances in brain
research and of some of the brainís most
intractable diseases and disorders. Their goal is
to further understanding of how central the
human brain is to every aspect of life and how
important a healthy brain is to attaining our maximum
potential. The next Brain Awareness Week
is March 11-17, 2002.
Project Manager, Public Affairs
Press Office: Barbara Rich, Ed.D.
Director, Press Office and Internet
745 Fifth Avenue, Suite 700
New York, NY 10151
Online at www.dana.org:
Brainy Kids Online offers children, parents, and
teachers a site with activities for younger children,
puzzles, links to excellent educational resources
about the brain, and lesson plan suggestions.
"Dana BrainWeb" is a service for patients, families,
and caregivers of those with brain disorders or
diseases. It offers links to the latest research,
treatment options, support for families and caregivers,
and sources of more information.
Periodicals in print and on the web site:
BRAIN IN THE NEWS, a monthly tabloid reprinting
articles from major newspapers about the brain
and specific diseases and disorders.
BrainWork, a bi-monthly publication for the general
BRAINWORK THIS WEEK, a weekly report on the
most interesting new research in brain science.
Special publications in print and
on the web site:
BRAIN CONNECTIONS: YOUR SOURCE GUIDE TO
INFORMATION OF BRAIN DISEASES (also on the web) is
a source guide to organizations offering information
on brain diseases and disorders.
THE DANA BRAIN SCIENCE GUIDE: RESOURCES FOR
SECONDARY AND POST-SECONDARY TEACHERS AND
STUDENTS offers a basic introduction to brain science,
its history, current understanding, new
developments, and future directions.
ANNUAL PROGRESS REPORT ON BRAIN RESEARCH: The
update series outlines the yearly progress in
research that has been made in the brain-related
diseases and disorders.
CEREBRUM: THE DANA FORUM ON BRAIN SCIENCE
(paid for subscription), a thought-provoking new
journal of ideas, with articles, debates and
reviews from the worldís top neuroscientists and
thinkers on subjects ranging from philosophy to