The Dana Foundation (Charles A. Dana Foundation) is a private philanthropic organization based in New York committed to advancing brain research and to educating the public in a responsible manner about research’s potential. Its goals are: (1) to develop a better understanding of the brain and its functions; (2) to speed the discovery of treatments for brain disorders; and (3) to combat the stigma of brain disorders through education.
The Foundation was founded in 1950 by Charles A. Dana, a legislator and businessman from New York State, and CEO of the Dana Corporation. He presided over the organization until 1960, but continued to participate until his death in 1975.
Edward F. Rover is the current chairman of the Foundation. He served as vice-chairman of the Board of Directors of the Foundation before being elected president in 2000 and then chairman in 2009. Rover was a senior partner at White & Case, L.L.P. in New York City until December 31, 2003. Rover succeeded William Safire, who became the Foundation's chairman following David Mahoney’s death in 2000.
The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives
The Dana Foundation supports the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives (which includes the European Dana Alliance for the Brain), a nonprofit organization of leading neuroscientists committed to advancing public awareness about the progress and promise of brain research. The Dana Alliance was officially launched in 1993, and has more than 600 members in the United States and abroad.
Research grant programs
David Mahoney Neuroimaging grants support research on imaging innovations that help reveal how the human brain functions normally, how disorders and injuries alter these functions, and how various therapies affect these conditions.
The Clinical Neuroscience Research grants support researchers testing promising therapies that move from animal models to a small number of human patients with devastating, currently untreatable brain diseases (first-in-human studies). Also supported are studies to develop ethical guidelines in brain research.
The Foundation has a broad range of outreach initiatives for the general public and for targeted audiences. Major initiatives include:
Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. Partner organizations host creative and innovative activities in their communities to educate kids and adults about the brain. Brain Awareness Week 2019 will be held from March 11 to 17.
Successful Aging & Your Brain forums are dynamic discussions by expert panels followed by Q&A sessions with the audience. The forums address how the brain changes as we age, memory loss, brain diseases and disorders, and maintaining cognitive function. Related videos and a booklet are available on the Dana Foundation website.
Judicial Seminars on Emerging Issues in Neuroscience provide state and federal judges with a better understanding of the role neuroscience may play in making legal determinations in the courts, from the admissibility of neuroimaging evidence to decisions about criminal culpability.
The Dana Foundation website, dana.org, offers vetted information by scientists about the brain. There are free publications, fact sheets, lesson plans, and videos, as well as dedicated sections for kids, educators, seniors, and patients and caregivers.
Web-based publications include news articles, primers, briefing papers, scientist Q&As, and Cerebrum, a monthly long-form essay on cutting-edge topics written by experts. A series of It’s Mindboggling publications are targeted to students at a range of reading levels. The booklet Successful Aging and the Brain addresses how the brain works and how we can maximize brain function and health. Brain in the News is a monthly print compendium of articles about the brain, with a neuroethics column by Philip M. Boffey, former deputy editor of The New York Times Editorial Board and editorial page writer, as well as editor of the Science Times.
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