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, www.dana.org.
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.
FREE PUBLICATIONS AND RESOURCES
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 Briefing Papers and Q&As with working neuroscientists.
Our publication, Brain in the News, connects you to the top stories on topics 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 e-mail updates when a new issue posts or 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, an online science resource for students, teachers, and parents; Brain Web, which links to validated Web sites and articles about brain diseases and disorders; and Brain Resources for Seniors, a portal of reliable Web sites for senior citizens, which address aging, health, and education.
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.
INFORMATION FOR JOURNALISTS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE DANA ALLIANCE FOR BRAIN INITIATIVES
The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives (DABI) is a nonprofit organization of more than 300 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
The European Dana Alliance for the Brain (EDAB) is a nonprofit organization of more than 212 eminent brain scientists, including five Nobel laureates from 29 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..