Margolis D. Neuroscience 2000: A New Era of Discovery. Ann Intern Med. 1999;131:318-320. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-131-4-199908170-00102
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1999;131(4):318-320.
Neuroscientists converged at the National Academy of Scientists in Washington, D.C., on April 12 and 13 to compare notes and bring each other up to date about research developments engineered during the Decade of the Brain, 1990-1999. The giants of the field were there in force, some on the official program, and others—like Nobel prize winner Julius Axelrod, PhD—in the audience. Sponsored by the Washington-based Society for Neuroscience, the conference took place on the eve of Congressional hearings on medical research funding.
The meeting focused on the scientific advances achieved in this decade and how this progress has set the stage for even more dramatic successes in the future. These advances, both technological (e.g., brain imaging) and conceptual (e.g., use of ideas from molecular genetics and molecular physiology), have revolutionized scientists' thinking about the brain and their methods of research and have expanded their horizons on what is possible. Speakers reported how these and other concepts have facilitated significant advances in areas as diverse as Parkinson disease, spinal cord injury, stress, stroke, Alzheimer disease, mood disorders, the fragile X syndrome, epilepsy, pain, and the dementia of AIDS.
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