The Scientist 13[18]:26, Sep. 13, 1999


Neurosciences Offer Researchers Diverse Opportunities

By James Kling

Great promise for advances in neuroscience existed at the beginning of the Decade of the Brain. Like most life science disciplines, neuroscience had benefited from huge strides in molecular biology, and many expected neuromuscular diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease to be vanquished quickly. Not surprisingly, public anticipation has gone unfulfilled as this decade winds down. Neuroscience has made great progress, but most of its therapeutic application is still years away.

Chris Fibiger
Even if public expectations remain unmet, neuroscience has only scratched the surface of the brain. Technical advances and discoveries have led to new and deeper questions concerning neuroscience and neurological disorders. Because neurological diseases, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, and psychological disorders, are so costly--and because the aging U.S. population is becoming more susceptible to such disorders--government and industry are...

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