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Brain Facts - A PRIMER ON THE BR AIN AND NERVOUS SYSTEM B R...

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BrainFacts A P R I M E R O N T H E B R A I N A N D N E R V O U S S YS T E M S O C I E T Y F O R N E U R O S C I E N C E ISBN 0-916110-00-1 BRAIN FACTS A PRIMER ON THE BRAIN AND NERVOUS SYSTEM SOCIET Y FOR NEUROSCIENCE
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Brain Facts A P R I M E R O N T H E B R A I N A N D N E R V O U S S Y S T E M S O C I E T Y F O R N E U R O S C I E N C E
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SOCIETY FOR NEUROSCIENCE The Society for Neuroscience is the world’s largest organization of scientists and physicians dedicated to understanding the brain, spinal cord and periph- eral nervous system. Neuroscientists investigate the molecular and cellular levels of the ner- vous 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 fields that are con- cerned with treating nervous system disorders. These medical specialties include neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry and ophthalmology. Founded in 1970, the Society has grown from 500 charter members to more than 34,000 members. Regular members are residents of Canada, Mexico and the United States—where more than 100 chapters organize local activities. The Society’s membership also includes many scientists from throughout the world, particularly Europe and Asia. 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 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 under- graduates, graduates, and post doctoral fellows, and increase participation of scientists from a diversity of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Promote public information and general education about the nature of sci- entific 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 policy makers about new scientific knowledge and recent developments in neuroscience research and their implications for public policy, societal benefit, and continued scientific progress. The exchange of scientific information occurs at an annual fall meeting that presents more than 15,000 reports of new scientific findings and includes more than 28,000 participants. This meeting, the largest of its kind in the world, is the arena for the presentation of new results in neuroscience.
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