Society for Neuroscience
|Members||Nearly 40,000 (2014)|
|Key people||Carol Ann Mason, President|
|Slogan||Advancing the Understanding of the Brain and Nervous System|
The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) is a professional society, headquartered in Washington, DC, for basic scientists and physicians around the world whose research is focused on the study of the brain and nervous system.
- Advance the understanding of the brain and the nervous system.
- Provide professional development activities, information, and educational resources.
- Promote public information and general education about science and neuroscience.
- Inform legislators and other policy makers about the implications of research for public policy, societal benefit, and continued scientific progress.
The Society holds an annual meeting that is attended by scientists from around the world. The first annual meeting of the society, held in Washington, DC in 1971, was attended by 1,396 scientists. Subsequent meetings have been held in a variety of cities throughout the USA except for the 1988 meeting, which was held in Canada. Attendance has steadily increased to about 30,000.
Presidents of the Society have included the following persons:
- Edward R. Perl (1969–1970)
- Vernon Mountcastle (1970–1971)
- Neal E Miller (1971–1972)
- Walle Nauta (1972–1973)
- Theodore Holmes Bullock (1973–1974)
- Edward Evarts (1974–1975)
- Floyd E. Bloom (1976–1977)
- Torsten Wiesel (1978–1979)
- Solomon H. Snyder (1979–1980)
- Eric Kandel (1980–1981)
- Albert Aguayo (1987–1988)
- David H. Hubel (1988–1989)
- Patricia Goldman-Rakic (1989–1990)
- Ira B. Black (1992–1993)
- Carla J Shatz (1994–1995)
- Pasko Rakic (1995–1996)
- Bruce McEwen (1996–1997)
- Lorne Mendell (1997–1998)
- Edward G. Jones (1998–1999)
- Dennis Choi (1999–2000)
- Fred Gage (2001–2002)
- Eve Marder (2007–2008)
- Ralph W. Gerard (Honorary president)