Society for Neuroscience Membership Tops 40,000
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SOCIETY FOR NEUROSCIENCE MEMBERSHIP TOPS 40,000
Milestone reached as Society celebrates 40th anniversary and hosts annual meeting in Chicago
WASHINGTON, DC — The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) announced today it has reached a new high of more than 40,000 members, another milestone in its mission to advance the understanding of the brain and the nervous system. The landmark arrives as the Society celebrates its 40th anniversary and hosts Neuroscience 2009, the SfN annual meeting, Oct. 17–21 in Chicago. The meeting is expected to draw more than 30,000 attendees. SfN President Thomas J. Carew issued the following statement:
“Today’s new membership total, which comes as SfN celebrates its 40th anniversary, reflects the dynamism and growth of a field exploring one of the great frontiers of science — the inner frontier of the brain and mind. We thank SfN’s membership and all its volunteers for their enduring support.
“Building on 40 years of advances, neuroscience today is on the cusp of transformational progress and is a global, fast-growing scientific community spanning the physical and life sciences. Based on these strong foundations, I expect the coming decades will be a pivotal period of great discovery, better treatment for brain disorders and diseases, a deeper appreciation of how to keep our brains healthy, and new innovative applications we can only now imagine.
“SfN itself is honored to play a central part in this dynamic neuroscience story, as the focal point of a growing community of extraordinary scientists, and as a major scientific, professional, and advocacy force in the community of scientific societies. SfN’s upcoming annual meeting, Neuroscience 2009, will again serve as the world’s largest source of emerging news on brain science and health while its journal, The Journal of Neuroscience, is the most cited publication in the field. With membership in 81 countries, and 138 chapters worldwide, SfN offers its continued commitment to effectively support the neuroscience community by finding innovative ways to serve the evolving needs of a vibrant field that is both advancing science and improving health.”