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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: 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: 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.
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.

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