Society for Neuroscience

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Society for Neuroscience
Founded 1969
Focus Neuroscience
  • 1121 14th Street, NW Suite 1010
    Washington, DC 20005
Nearly 40,000 (2014)
Key people

Eric Nestler, President

Richard L. Huganir, President-elect[1][2]
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.[3]


SfN was founded in 1969 by Ralph W. Gerard and, at nearly 40,000 members, has grown to be the largest neuroscience society in the world.[3] 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.[3]

The Society publishes two peer-reviewed scientific journals. The Journal of Neuroscience publishes papers on a broad range of topics of general interest to those working on the nervous system. eNeuro is an open-access journal that publishes high-quality, broad-based, peer-reviewed research focused solely on the field of neuroscience.

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. Attendance has increased to approximately 30,000 attendees, with 29,033 people attending the 2015 meeting in Chicago.[4] The 2016 meeting was held in San Diego, CA.


The following persons have been President of the Society:[5]


  1. ^ "SfN Election Results: Meet Your New Leaders". Society for Neuroscience. 22 June 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Johns Hopkins neuroscientist Richard Huganir elected President-elect of Society for Neuroscience". Hub - Johns Hopkins University. Johns Hopkins University. 5 July 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Mission and Strategic Plan". Society for Neuroscience. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Annual Meeting Attendance Statistics". Society for Neuroscience. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "SfN Presidents". Society for Neuroscience. Retrieved December 14, 2015. 

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