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Society for Neuroscience


Society for Neuroscience

Society for Neuroscience
Founded 1969
Focus Neuroscience
  • 1121 14th Street, NW Suite 1010
    Washington, DC 20005
Nearly 40,000 (2014)
Key people
Steven Hyman, President
Slogan Advancing the Understanding of the Brain and Nervous System
Website .org.sfnwww

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.[1]


  • History 1
  • Annual meeting 2
  • Presidents 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


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.[1] 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.[1]

The Society publishes a weekly peer-reviewed scientific journalThe Journal of Neuroscience—which covers all subdisciplines of the field.

Annual meeting

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, with 31,263 in 2014.[2]


Presidents of the Society have included the following persons:


  1. ^ a b c "Mission and Strategic Plan". Society for Neuroscience. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Annual Meeting Attendance Statistics". Society for Neuroscience. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 

External links

  • Official website
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