Society for Neuroscience

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Society for Neuroscience
TypeLearned society
FocusAdvancing the Understanding of the Brain and Nervous System
  • 1121 14th Street, NW Suite 1010
    Washington, DC 20005
Nearly 37,000 (2017)
Key people
Gina G. Turrigiano, President ('21-'22)[1]

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) is a professional society, headquartered in Washington, D.C., for basic scientists and physicians around the world whose research is focused on the study of the brain and nervous system.[2] It is especially well known for its annual meeting, consistently one of the largest scientific conferences in the world.


SfN was founded in 1969[3] by Ralph W. Gerard[4] and, at nearly 37,000 members, has grown to be the largest neuroscience society in the world.[2] The stated mission of the society is to:

  1. Advance the understanding of the brain and the nervous system.
  2. Provide professional development activities, information, and educational resources.
  3. Promote public information and general education about science and neuroscience.
  4. Inform legislators and other policy makers about the implications of research for public policy, societal benefit, and continued scientific progress.[2]

Annual meeting[edit]

The society holds an annual meeting that is attended by scientists and physicians from all around the world. The first annual meeting of the society was held in Washington, DC in 1971, and it was attended by 1,396 scientists. Subsequent meetings have been held annually in a variety of cities throughout the US, with the exception of the 1988 meeting, which was held in Canada. The 2022 meeting was held in San Diego, California.


The Journal of Neuroscience,[5] was launched in 1981 and has consistently been a multidisciplinary journal publishing papers on a broad range of topics of general interest to those working on the nervous-system. In addition, SfN publications offer breadth and depth into the rapidly developing field of neuroscience.

eNeuro,[6] was launched in 2014, SfN's open-access journal publishes high quality papers in all areas of neuroscience that increase the understanding of the nervous-system, including replication studies and negative results.

SfN's digital member magazine, Neuroscience Quarterly covers SfN news, programs, science, and events, and other neuroscience-related issues. Enhanced content includes videos, slideshows, and interactive elements.

Nexus is a digital newsletter, containing key dates and details for annual meeting attendees, the latest research for JNeurosci and eNeuro, and public education and advocacy initiatives.


The following people have been President of the Society:[7]


SfN offers the following awards, fellowships, and honors:

  • Award for Education in Neuroscience
  • Bernice Grafstein Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Mentoring
  • Donald B. Lindsley Prize in Behavioral Neuroscience
  • FENS Forum Travel Awards
  • FENS Member Travel Awards to SfN Annual Meeting
  • The Gruber Foundation Neuroscience Prize
  • IBRO Member Travel Awards to SfN Annual Meeting
  • IBRO World Congress Travel Awards
  • Jacob P. Waletzky Award
  • Janett Rosenberg Trubatch Career Development Award
  • JNS Meeting Travel Awards
  • JNS Member Travel Awards to SfN Annual Meeting
  • Julius Axelrod Prize
  • Louise Hanson Marshall Special Recognition Award
  • Mika Salpeter Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Nemko Prize in Cellular or Molecular Neuroscience
  • Neuroscience Scholars Program
  • Next Generation Award
  • Patricia Goldman-Rakic Hall of Honor
  • Peter and Patricia Gruber International Research Award
  • Ralph W. Gerard Prize in Neuroscience
  • Science Educator Award
  • Science Journalism Student Award
  • Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience
  • Trainee Professional Development Awards
  • Young Investigator Award


  1. ^ "SfN Presidents".
  2. ^ a b c "Mission and Strategic Plan". Society for Neuroscience. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  3. ^ Fields, R. Douglas (October 31, 2018). "The First Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, 1971: Reflections Approaching the 50th Anniversary of the Society's Formation". Journal of Neuroscience. 38 (44): 9311–9317. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3598-17.2018. ISSN 0270-6474. PMC 6209842. PMID 30242052.
  4. ^ Kety, Seymour S. (1982). "Ralph Waldo Gerard" (PDF). National Academy of Sciences. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 7, 2023. Retrieved July 1, 2023.
  5. ^ "Journal of Neuroscience".
  6. ^ "eNeuro".
  7. ^ "SfN Presidents". Society for Neuroscience. Retrieved December 14, 2015.

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