Developing neuroscience

At SfN meeting, funders present plan to close research gap in low- and mid-income nations

Alla Katsnelson(alla_k@ureach.com)
Nov 13, 2003

NEW ORLEANS—As part of the growing effort to make research more egalitarian, an international consortium of government and nonprofit organizations is expanding neuroscience research funding in low- and middle-income countries, the group announced at the Annual Society for Neuroscience meeting earlier this week.

Puerto Rico neuroscientist Gregory Quirk described the programs at a symposium on Tuesday (November 11). “The Society for Neuroscience is the de facto world organization of neuroscience,” he said, “yet for years, it didn't do anything for developing countries.” In the 6 years since he and Venezuelan colleague Gladys Maestre started the annual symposium, interest from both the society and from funding organizations has grown, he said, with new opportunities for training and collaboration emerging every year. “There's a sense now that you can't live in isolation, that it comes back to haunt us,” Quirk said. “Funders are generally waking up to the fact that when everybody's...

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