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THE SOCIETY FOR NEUROSCIENCE The Society for Neuroscience is the world’s largest organization of scientists and physi- cians dedicated to understanding the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system. Neuroscientists investigate the molecular and cellular levels of the nervous system; the neuronal systems responsible for sensory and motor function; and the basis of higher order processes, such as cognition and emotion. This research provides the basis for understanding the medical fi elds that are concerned with treating nervous system disorders. These medical specialties include neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, and ophthalmology. Founded in 1969, the Society has grown from 500 charter members to more than 38,000 members worldwide. The Society has more than 100 local or regional chapters. With activi- ties ranging from lectures to networking events and information sharing, SfN chapters enable individual members to engage their colleagues at the local level. The mission of the Society 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 scientifi c 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 scientifi c discov- ery 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 policy-makers about new scientifi c knowledge and recent developments in neuroscience research and their implications for public policy, societal benefi t, and continued scientifi c progress. The exchange of scientifi c information occurs at an annual fall meeting where more than 16,000 reports of new scientifi c fi ndings are presented and more than 30,000 people attend. This meeting, the largest of its kind in the world, is the arena for the presentation of new results in neuroscience. The Society’s weekly journal, The Journal of Neuroscience, contains articles spanning the entire range of neuroscience research and has subscribers worldwide. The Society’s ongoing education and professional development efforts reach teachers and help promote the educa- tion of Society members. Print and electronic publications inform members about Society activities.
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