Communicating Brain Science

Communicating Brain Science

Interviews with people who have a keen interest in communicating brain science or brain-related topics. Hosted by Dana Foundation executive editor Bill Glovin.

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August 10, 2021 30 min

We discuss the long-term neurocognitive impacts of cancer treatment in children survivors, the dizzying post-treatment landscape that families learn to navigate, and the critical roles that educators and healthcare professionals hold in survivors’ lives (well after treatment is done) with Lisa Jacobson, PhD, NCSP, ABPP. She is Director of Research in the Department of Neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and co-director...

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We discuss the intersection of law and brain science to understand how (and if) insights from neuroscience can make the legal system more just and effective with Francis X. Shen, Professor of Law and McKnight Presidential Fellow at University of Minnesota, Executive Director of Education and Outreach at the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, and Executive Director of the Harvard MGH Center for Law, Brain...

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We discuss public mental health, the economic factors associated with higher risks of depression, and how pervasive depression and anxiety appear to be in US adults during the COVID-19 era with public health specialist Catherine Ettman, director of Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the Dean at the Boston University School of Public Health. Ettman’s research reveals the degree to which mass traumatic events affect the populatio...

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August 18, 2020 33 min

Northwestern neuroscientist Nina Kraus discusses the effect that music has on brain development and education, her path to research, and her lab's extraordinary website, brainvolts.northwestern.edu

Podcast Transcript: https://on.dana.org/communicating-brain-science-transcript-kraus

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March 30, 2020 26 min

A discussion on staying physically active through this period of social isolation and self-quarantine with Wendy Suzuki, Ph.D., a professor of neuroscience and psychology at the New York University Center for Neural Science and author of "Healthy Brain, Happy Life." Her work focuses on understanding how aerobic exercise can be used to improve learning, memory and higher cognitive abilities.

Podcast Transcript: https://on.da...

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Nita Farahany, Duke University law and philosophy professor and founding director of Duke Science & Society (scienceandsociety.duke.edu/), discusses what the International Neuroethics Society hopes to accomplish under her watch as its new president, her experience on the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (bioethicsarchive.georgetown.edu/pcsbi/about.html), and what it means to be a Duke basketball fan.

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May 19, 2019 25 min

Cognitive neuroscientist Heather Berlin and standup comedian Chuck Nice team to explain the mechanisms in the brain that allows you to think and act spontaneously in your everyday life—or in the spotlight.

Podcast Transcript: https://www.dana.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Improv-Podcast-Transcript.pdf

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April 22, 2019 20 min

Acclaimed neurosurgeon Neal Kassell, former co-chair of the neurosurgery at the University of Virginia and founder and chair of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, discusses a revolutionary early stage, non-invasive therapeutic technology with the potential to treat Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and more, and how Joe Biden, John Grisham, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation have showed their support.

Podcast Transcript: https://www.dana.o...

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March 8, 2019 24 min

Shannon Odell, who grew up in the sticks of New Jersey and now lives in Brooklyn, explains how she juggles writing and starring in Your Brain On [Blank] videos (with millions of accumulated views.) while working towards a Ph.D. in neuroscience at Cornell Weill Medicine. Her web series is produced by Inserve.com and is available at Facebook Watch and shannoncodell.com.

Podcast Transcript: https://www.dana.org/wp-content/uploads/201...

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January 1, 2019 18 min

Meet our new neuroethics columnist Philip M. Boffey, former New York Times Editorial Page deputy editor and Pulitzer Prize winner, who discusses clear science writing and his plans for the column.

Podcast Transcript: https://www.dana.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Boffey-Podcast-Transcript.pdf 

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November 27, 2018 69 min

Fresh off his starring role in the Dialogues Lecture at the Society for Neuroscience conference in San Diego, jazz legend Pat Metheny discusses music and the brain, his creative process, and what was not covered during the lecture. He is also talks about his evolution as a musician, his mentors, and his views on commercial success and aging.

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April 9, 2018 27 min

The creative force and star of a one-man show talks about integrating hip-hop, humor, and brain research into 70 minutes of entertainment.

Podcast Transcript: https://www.dana.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Baba-Brinkman-Podcast-Transcript.pdf

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November 1, 2017 27 min

One of the leaders in the effort to organize the first neuroethics conference was Steven E. Hyman, M.D., director of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University and the founding president of the International Neuroethics Society. On the 15th anniversary of the conference, “Neuroethics: Mapping the Field,” which took place over two days in May in San Francisco in 2002, we asked Hyman ...

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