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Addiction: Can the Brain Control Our Uncontrollable Urges?

Three neuroscientists discuss how addiction is a disease of the brain, as well as prospects for improved pharmacological treatments.

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Societal Impact of Neuroscience Research in the United States

Cutting-edge research advances science and fuels economic growth and prosperity.

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Autism: The Pervasive Developmental Disorder

No disorder captures the attention of the nation like autism. David G. Amaral, PhD, explains what exactly autism is, and where the most promising research on the subject is located.

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Hard Knocks: The Science of Concussions

Neuroscientists have long known that blows to the head can be dangerous. What risks do the Fifa 2014 World Cup players face?

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Brain Scans: Technologies That Peer Inside Your Head

Advances in chemistry, physics, and computer science have revolutionized neuroscience by giving scientists greater access to the living brain.

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Introduction

Neuroscientists continue to make great progress in unlocking the mysteries of the human brain. This progress is critical to help address more than 1,000 diseases and disorders that cause hardship for nearly a billion families worldwide and many billions of dollars in medical expenses and lost productivity. Neuroscience is also vital to further scientific understanding, and strengthen the research-and-innovation engines that power high-tech economies worldwide. Brain research advances are due in large part to public investment in curiosity-driven science, and the policymakers and other public officials worldwide who support robust investment in scientific innovation and discovery.

Policymaker Articles

Global Prevalence of Diseases and Disorders

Source: Society for Neuroscience
There are more than 1,000 brain-related diseases and disorders that affect nearly a billion people worldwide.  View reports and findings about the impact of disease in regions worldwide.

Ed Boyden: A Light Switch for Neurons

Source: TED
Ed Boyden shows how he can selectively activate or de-activate specific neurons with fiber-optic implants.

Physical Exercise Beefs Up the Brain

Source: Society for Neuroscience
Engaging in regular, aerobic activity may be as good for the brain as it is for the body.

Gray Matters - The Brain-Injured Soldier Part 1

Source: Dana Foundation
A two-part podcast about the connection and intersection of brain injury and PTSD in U.S. veterans of the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Featuring an interview with Dr. Jordon Grafman, senior investigator at the National Institute of Neurological Disoders and Stroke, the podcasts will explain the history, science and treatment implications of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and explore this subject from the perspective of the injured veteran as well.

Animal Research in the European Union

Source: Federation of European Neurosciences
A new Directive in Europe aims to raise the standard of care for animals used in scientific research across countries.

News for Policymakers

Amid Growing Concern Over Head Injuries, California Limits Full-Contact Football Practices

Source: The Washington Post Early Lead Blog
Date: 22 July 2014
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that will limit football practices for middle-school and high school students.

Spark for a Stagnant Search

Source: New York Times
Date: 21 July 2014

The Broad Institute announced a $650 million donation for psychiatric research from the Stanley Family Foundation — one of the largest private gifts ever for scientific research.


Probing Brain’s Depth, Trying to Aid Memory

Source: New York Times
Date: 9 July 2014
The Department of Defense announced a $40 million investment in direct brain recording.