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Alliance members featured in Cerebrum articles, podcasts, videos, and more

Diane E. Griffin, M.D., Ph.D., discusses unusual neurological symptoms experienced by COVID-19 patients in “Racing to Understand Covid-19 and the Brain,” a chronicling of researchers’ efforts in this area.

Walter J. Koroshetz, M.D., comments on the research community’s loss of months of work in “Neuroscience Adapts to the Covid World.” Read about the challenges and changes faced by clinical researchers amidst a global pandemic.

Wendy Suzuki, Ph.D., speaks about staying active during periods of social distancing and isolation in the podcast “Keeping Fit During COVID-19.” Listen and discover how aerobic exercise can improve memory, learning, and higher cognitive abilities.

Myrna Weissman, Ph.D., explains the effects of loneliness on mental health in “Finding New Ways to Connect in a Crisis,” our Q&A on recognizing new, creative opportunites to connect with others during times of extended isolation.

Robert W. Greene, M.D., Ph.D., discusses the importance of optimized sleep for a proficient immune system and describes the links between sleep disruption and mental illness in our Q&A: “Want to Boost Your Immune System? Sleep Better.”

Eric J. Nestler, M.D., Ph.D., explores the effects of stress on the brain and offers advice on how to strengthen our resilience in the Q&A “Don’t Panic: How Stressful Situations Affect the Brain.”

Stanislas Dehaene and Lionel Naccache, M.D., Ph.D., appear in “Tracking the Neural Footprints of Consciousness,” an overview of the $20 million international research program searching for the neural underpinnings of consciousness .

Eric J. Nestler, M.D., Ph.D., Steven M. Paul, M.D., and Charles F. Zorumski, M.D., discuss neurosteroids and the first drug ever approved for postpartum depression. Read about the 60 year journey behind this “new mechanism of medication” for depression in “Neurosteroids: A Major Step Forward.”

Nim Tottenham, Ph.D., presents “Emotional Brain Development,” a Dana Foundation Brain Lecture exploring human brain development and its relationship to stress, emotional behavior, and wellness.

Lynn Nadel, Ph.D., spoke with the Dana Foundation in honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Read the October article “Down Syndrome Awareness with Lynn Nadel and Jamie Edgin” to learn more about the chromosomal condition.

Martha Farah, Ph.D., delivered the Fred Kavli Distinguished Neuroethics Lecture on the closing day of the 2019 International Neuroethics Society Conference (INS) in Chicago. Read our report here: “INS Keynote Address: Martha Farah on the Impact of SES.”

Bruce McEwen, Ph.D., is featured in “Why is Exercise Good for the Brain?” He speaks about the benefits of exercise on the hippocampus and his recent study on the hormone leptin’s role in exercise-related neurogenesis.

Howard Fields, M.D., Ph.D., answers questions about the mechanisms of pain and its management in “Pain Awareness Month Interview: Howard Fields.”

Martha Farah, Ph.D., remarks upon complex linguistic thought in “fMRI: Still Not a Mind Reader,” a briefing paper on brain scanning technologies and the neuroethical factors involved.

Patricia Churchland, Ph.D., and Martha Farah, Ph.D., speak on the truth and misconceptions associated with the neuropeptide oxytocin in “Oxytocin: the Molecule of Love, Trust, Morality, and Sociality?”

Thomas Insel, M.D., and Eric Nestler, M.D., Ph.D., comment in “The Resilient Brain,” a briefing paper on “stress-resilient” brains.

Michael Posner, Ph.D., and his research exploring meditation’s effects on the brain are discussed in the briefing paper “The Mindful Brain.”

Helen S. Mayberg, M.D., gave the 2018 Special Lecture on Neuroethics at the 11th FENS Forum of Neuroscience. She discusses neurosurgical intervention for treatment-resistant depression and her ongoing research. For full coverage, read Moheb Costandi’s article, “What is ‘Well?

Stanley B. Prusiner, M.D., discussed “Connecting the Dots to Find a Protein that Affects Tau” in a Dana Foundation grantee Q&A.

Stephen Waxman, M.D., Ph.D., wrote the Dana Foundation Cerebrum article, “Alabama to Beijing…and Back: The Search for a Pain Gene.” He was also interviewed for a Cerebrum podcast about the article.

Joseph LeDoux, Ph.D., co-wrote the Dana Foundation Cerebrum article “Know Thyself: Well-Being and Subjective Experience.” He was also interviewed for a Cerebrum podcast about the article.

Ian Deary, PH.D., spoke at the annual Successful Ageing program, “Secrets of Successful Ageing…in Later Life” in London, organized by EDAB and The University of the Third Age. See the event recap video or Dana news article “How to Stay Sharp in Later Life” for highlights.