Unlocking the Mysteries of the Brain at Neuroscience 2017 in DC
WASHINGTON, DC — Tens of thousands of neuroscience researchers, clinicians, and advocates from around the world will gather in Washington, DC, November 11-15, for Neuroscience 2017, to share their latest research about the brain, the most complex organ in the human body. Neuroscience 2017, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), is the world’s largest source of emerging news and cutting-edge research on the brain and nervous system.
Scientists from nearly 80 countries will take part in more than 14,000 scientific presentations, as well as numerous professional development workshops and networking events. This will be Washington, DC’s ninth time hosting SfN’s annual meeting since the Society was founded in 1969. Hosting Neuroscience 2017 in Washington offers SfN and its members an excellent venue to inform legislators and policymakers of new scientific knowledge that can influence public policy and benefit society as a whole.
“The neuroscience community has been doing remarkable research to advance our knowledge on the brain and nervous system,” SfN President Eric Nestler said. “This scientific progress will be on display in our nation’s capital and will demonstrate the value of robust funding for biomedical research to further understand the human brain and to produce effective treatments for brain disorders. Neuroscience 2017 is the ultimate opportunity to share new scientific discoveries with fellow scientists and the public.”
This year’s program features two public events:
“Dialogues Between Neuroscience and Society” — Siddhartha Mukherjee, physician and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, will discuss the importance of communicating the promise of scientific inquiry to the public. Discussion will also address the topic of his new book, The Gene: An Intimate History, which examines the quest to decipher how human heredity combines with life experiences to control our lives.
Saturday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. EST
“Advocating for Basic Science in a Diseased-Focused World” — A panel of neuroscience experts will discuss the essential role of basic science to the research continuum, how this research continuum influences funding, and how to advocate to policymakers to secure financial and political support.
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2:30–4 p.m. EST
Members of the public who wish to attend one of these events may register on-site at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center with valid photo identification.
In addition, press conferences will be live-streamed Nov. 12-14 exclusively for registered media and will highlight findings related to concussions, opioid addiction, the social brain, and more. Media can register for credentials at SfN.org/media2017.
The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) is an organization of nearly 37,000 basic scientists and clinicians who study the brain and nervous system. More information about the brain can be found at BrainFacts.org, a public information initiative of The Kavli Foundation, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, and SfN.