Society for Neuroscience

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Society for Neuroscience
1121 14th Street, NW Suite 1010
Washington, WA 20005
United States
(202) 962-4000
(202) 962-4941
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Society for Neuroscience

The history of neuroscience reveals the field's evolution to present day. The work of neuroscience pioneers has produced vital knowledge about the brain and nervous system that is advancing today’s science and improving health outcomes.

As with any scientific endeavor, more knowledge has produced new mysteries. For that reason, a history of neuroscience not only informs understanding of the past and honors progress, but also becomes part of a living story of scientific inquiry and sets a course for future discovery and progress.

SfN maintains this historical material as a resource for neuroscientists and the public. While not comprehensive, the documents chronicle the struggles and accomplishments of a still-young field and highlight major achievements and advances. Most of all, this information conveys the rigor and passion with which neuroscientists pursue scientific discovery.

SfN's mission is to:

  • Advance the understanding of the brain and the nervous system by bringing together scientists of diverse backgrounds, by facilitating the integration of research directed at all levels of biological organization, and by encouraging translational research and the application of new scientific knowledge to develop improved disease treatments and cures.
  • Provide professional development activities, information, and educational resources for neuroscientists at all stages of their careers, including undergraduates, graduates, and postdoctoral fellows, and increase participation of scientists from a diversity of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Promote public information and general education about the nature of scientific discovery and the results and implications of the latest neuroscience research. Support active and continuing discussions on ethical issues relating to the conduct and outcomes of neuroscience research.
  • Inform legislators and other policymakers about new scientific knowledge and recent developments in neuroscience research and their implications for public policy, societal benefit, and continued scientific progress.

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