The World Wide Web welcomes a new site today with the launch of BrainFacts.org. Created by the Society for Neuroscience, the site aims to present neuroscience information to the public in an accessible way. BrainFacts.org seeks to share what neuroscientists know, explore what they don’t yet know fully, and discuss how today’s research advances understanding.
The site provides a wide range of content about the brain, covering neuroscience basics as well as getting into more detail on topics like disease, memory, and language. There are sections of the site geared towards educators, policymakers, and the press. The content is reviewed by scientists for accuracy.
The Kavli Foundation and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation are founding partners for the site. Several organizations, including the Dana Foundation, are content partners, providing information and articles.
Here are the goals of BrainFacts.org, from the site’s “About Us” section:
- Inform the public about exciting discoveries related to brain structure and function, and dispel common “neuromyths.”
- Provide science educators with easy-to-use, fun, scientifically valid resources, to use in—and beyond—the classroom.
- Explore growing understanding about the biological foundations of neurological and psychiatric diseases that affect about one billion people worldwide.
- Spark dialogue about the progress, potential, and importance of neuroscience research.