About the Dana Alliances


Who We Are

The Dana Alliances includes more than 670 members around the globe joined by the common interest in advancing public awareness about the brain and brain research. Recognized as leaders in their respective areas of expertise, they are among the world’s foremost authorities in the neuroscience field. Each has made a personal commitment to support the mission of the Dana Alliance through active participation in neuroscience outreach and educational activities. Among the current members, 14 have received the Nobel Prize.

Alliance Members

Alliance Membership Criteria

What We Do

Members of the Dana Alliance are committed to advocating the importance of the brain and brain research through their own institutional outreach activities or by participating in the efforts of the Dana Foundation. Many members around the globe are involved in the Dana Foundation’s Brain Awareness Week Campaign by initiating or participating in educational outreach activities and events.


The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives (DABI) was officially launched in 1993. Its founding members pledged their commitment to advancing public awareness and education about the progress and promise of brain research in an understandable and accessible manner. Today, DABI has more than 600 members in 38 countries.

DABI was born out of a three-day meeting at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in 1992, in the early days of “The Decade of the Brain.” There, 30 of the country’s most eminent neuroscientists convened to debate the progress and promise of brain research. Their vision was to establish a group of vanguard neuroscientists who would commit themselves to translating the advances in brain research to the public, the ultimate beneficiary of these advances.
For DABI history, click here.

The European Dana Alliance for the Brain (EDAB) is an organization of eminent neuroscientists and clinicians in Europe who are committed to enhancing the public’s understanding of why brain research is so important and to convey the excitement of scientific progress.

EDAB was founded in 1997 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and modelled on the then US-based Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives. Today, EDAB has 300 members in 33 European countries, including five Nobel laureates.
For EDAB history, click here.