Seize the Neuroscience Moment

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Science  01 Nov 2013:
Vol. 342, Issue 6158, pp. 533
DOI: 10.1126/science.1247343


There seems to be an abundance of neuroscience initiatives right now. This year, the European Commission launched a Human Brain Project, and the U.S. government announced its Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) project. They join other recent neuroscience efforts across the world aimed at advancing our understanding of the brain. Exploiting these diverse initiatives to yield scientific, clinical, and economic benefits, however, will require not only political and policy-maker support but also endorsement and extensive involvement by the neuroscience community, which already saw a “Decade of the Brain” come and go about 20 years ago, with little direct result. What's different now?

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