Here on the blog we make note of recent reporting and commentary, events and information that crosses our desks, mostly about brain science, including neuroeducation and neuroethics. More of what we do is features on our Web site,

What Dana Does

The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic organization that supports brain research through grants and educates the public about the successes and potential of brain research. Dana produces free publications; coordinates the International Brain Awareness Week campaign; supports the Dana Alliances, a network of neuroscientists; and maintains a Web site,


The Dana Foundation’s science and health grants support clinical research in neuroscience and neuroimmunology and their interrelationship in human health and disease.

Grant programs include brain imaging, clinical neuroscience research, and neuroimmunology. The Web pages provide descriptions of the focus of each of these programs, application guidelines and summaries of supported studies and their results.

The Foundation also occasionally sponsors workshops and forums for working scientists and curricula development in areas related to its program grants.


Online and in print, we offer cutting-edge yet reader-friendly publications, mainly in neuroscience. Online, we offer exclusive news and feature articles and our blog. Our online magazine, Cerebrum, offers thought-provoking ideas from the world’s leading scientists and other scholars, as well as reviews of books about the brain. Special publications include the annual Progress Report on Brain Research and regular Briefing Papers and Q&As with working neuroscientists; and arts education publications.

Our Brain in the News connects you to the top stories from other publications, with new links added weekly. We collect the best of these articles into a periodical that mails monthly Subscribe here to receive the print edition of Brain in the News.

In addition, the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives produces Brain Connections: Your Source Guide to Information on Brain Diseases and Disorders, with listings for organizations that deal with brain-related disorders. The booklets Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research and It’s Mindboggling! are available online or in print by request; the print versions appear in five languages.

Other popular online resources include Brainy Kids, which offers online science resources for students, teachers, and parents, including games and activities, virtual experiments, and lesson plans. Brain Web, which provides information and links to validated sites about brain diseases and disorders. These include outside resources reviewed by scientific advisors, as well as articles in Dana publications. Brain Resources for Seniors, a portal of validated Web sites in health, education and general resources for senior citizens.


The Dana Press is the Dana Foundation's imprint for publications for general readers in its areas of interest, including books and e-books about the brain and brain research distributed through bookstores and online retailers.


The Foundation provides reliable information and resources—as well as access to experts—to journalists, science writers, and producers. In News Releases, you will find the latest Dana Foundation announcements. The Neuroscience Resource Service provides members of the media with background and referrals to leading experts in the field; journalists may also make use of the Expert Directory of Dana Alliance members and read periodic briefing papers and interviews with top brain experts. If you are seeking assistance with story ideas, looking for a brain expert, or need information about a specific brain-related topic, please contact


The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives (DABI) is a nonprofit organization of 280 eminent neuroscientists, including ten Nobel laureates. The Dana Alliance is committed to advancing public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research and disseminating information on the brain in an understandable and accessible fashion.

DABI organizes and coordinates the global Brain Awareness Week campaign, which it created in 1996 to increase public understanding of the brain and brain research; partners with organizations on a cognitive fitness initiative that includes “Staying Sharp,” a series of public forums and educational materials for older Americans which is presented with support from the MetLife Foundation. The Lending Library program offers university neuroscience departments brain models and materials to use in outreach education in their community and local schools.


The European Dana Alliance for the Brain (EDAB) is a nonprofit organization of more than 200 eminent brain scientists, including five Nobel laureates from 30 countries. Launched in 1997, and modeled on the U.S.-based Dana Alliance, EDAB is committed to enhancing the public’s understanding of brain research. EDAB presents outreach programs similar to those in the U.S.