Society for Neuroscience (SfN) President Eric Nestler, MD, PhD, released this statement today announcing SfN’s pledge to provide up to $100,000 in storm-related relief for the neuroscience community. SfN is the world’s largest organization dedicated to advancing the understanding of the brain and nervous system.

The initial pledges approved by SfN’s Council include $50,000 to the Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust for immediate assistance to support the neuroscience research community and $25,000 to the Better Research Better Life Foundation in support of the Caribbean Primate Research Center, which was heavily damaged by Hurricane Maria.

More than a month after the hurricane devastated the island of Puerto Rico, the vast majority of the population is still without power, adequate shelter and food, and the island’s infrastructure has been severely damaged. The science community on the island is also experiencing numerous challenges with continuing critical brain research that was interrupted by this natural disaster. A number of critical laboratories and centers of learning sustained significant damage, and research infrastructures have been largely destroyed.

The Society and its members are deeply saddened by the destruction and horrific loss caused by the recent hurricanes in Puerto Rico. We hope these donations will help alleviate some of the stress and pain dedicated scientists in these regions are experiencing, by providing for some of their most basic needs at their research facilities.

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) is an organization of nearly 37,000 basic scientists and clinicians who study the brain and nervous system. Learn more about SfN advocacy priorities surrounding research funding and about brain science at BrainFacts.org.