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Mission and Strategic Plan

2011 SfN DC poster & exhibit floor
SfN advances the understanding of the brain and the nervous system by bringing together scientists of diverse backgrounds, facilitating the integration of research directed at all levels of biological organization, and encouraging translational research and the application of new scientific knowledge to develop improved disease treatments and cures.
The public learns about the progress and promise of neuroscience research through SfN’s public information and education efforts. Among them are media outreach, a wealth of free educational publications, and public awareness campaigns, such as Brain Awareness Week.
The public learns about the progress and promise of neuroscience research through SfN’s public information and education efforts. Among them are media outreach, a wealth of free educational publications, and public awareness campaigns, such as Brain Awareness Week.
Neuroscientists at all stages of their careers benefit from SfN’s professional development activities. Among them are training programs; fellowships and award opportunities; mentoring program for women, men, and minorities; and an online career center.
Neuroscientists at all stages of their careers benefit from SfN’s professional development activities. Among them are training programs; fellowships and award opportunities; mentoring program for women, men, and minorities; and an online career center.
The Society for Neuroscience is the world’s largest organization of scientists and physicians devoted to understanding the brain and nervous system. The nonprofit organization, founded in 1969, now has nearly 40,000 members in more than 90 countries and 130 chapters worldwide.

SfN's mission is to:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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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