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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

Source: National Science Foundation
A video highlighting how NSF support for fundamental research is critical to discovery, innovation and the economic growth of the nation.
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.
Source: TED
Ed Boyden shows how he can selectively activate or de-activate specific neurons with fiber-optic implants.
Source: Society for Neuroscience
Engaging in regular, aerobic activity may be as good for the brain as it is for the body.
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

Source: NPR Shots Blog
Date: 16 Sept 2014
Academic institutions graduate an overabundance of biomedical Ph.D.s — and this imbalance is only getting worse, as research funding from the National Institutes of Health continues to wither.
Source: NPR Shots Blog
Date: 9 Sept 2014
These days, the scramble for money to conduct research has become stultifying.
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.
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