Job Market Sluggish For Neuroscientists

Despite advances in brain research, career horizons remain foggy for the researchersAs the Society for Neuroscience convenes its 22nd annual meeting in Anaheim, Calif., this month, researchers will share a wealth of new knowledge about the central nervous system--about, for example, the uses of monoclonal antibody technology in studying the brain and the cognitive consequences of aging. But, as in other scientific disciplines, neuroscience research gains have not translated easily into achi

Marcia Clemmitt
Oct 11, 1992
Despite advances in brain research, career horizons remain foggy for the researchers
As the Society for Neuroscience convenes its 22nd annual meeting in Anaheim, Calif., this month, researchers will share a wealth of new knowledge about the central nervous system--about, for example, the uses of monoclonal antibody technology in studying the brain and the cognitive consequences of aging.

But, as in other scientific disciplines, neuroscience research gains have not translated easily into achievements in the job market, especially in academia, observers of the field say.

The recent reorganization of the National Institutes of Health to include the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) under its auspices--instead of as three divisions of the separate and now- disbanded Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration-- will not threaten funding for basic neuroscience research, according to...