A Guide to Pursuing a Neuroscience Career

The Dana Foundation promotes a lot of resources designed for young students in hopes of inspiring them to want to learn more about the brain as they move up the ranks of grade school. But what if you’ve already been inspired and are now looking for practical ways to prepare for a neuroscience career? While there is certainly no “one way” to achieve this, we want to share a few resources that can help point you in the right direction.

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) recently published an article on BrainFacts.org (a great resource in itself) with tips for students on how to jumpstart a career in neuroscience. Here are just a few points mentioned:

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SfN Launches New Brain Facts Book


Credit: Society for Neuroscience

Interested in learning more about how your brain works? Whether you’re looking for information about psychiatric disorders, the developing brain, addiction, or other brain topics, the Brain Facts book by the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) has got you covered. Produced in partnership with The Kavli Foundation and the Gatsby Foundation, Brain Facts gives an overview of the brain and nervous system, covering a variety of important topics in understandable language. Recently, SfN launched the eighth edition of the book, which was scientifically reviewed by nine members of the Dana Alliance, among others, to make sure the information is as credible and up-to-date as possible.

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Visit BrainFacts.org

If you follow our blog, you’re no doubt familiar with the print and video resources we offer about the brain. In this blog, we wanted to take a moment to recognize the wonderful offerings you can find on the website of a key Brain Awareness Week partner, the Society for Neuroscience (SfN).

On the newly relaunched BrainFacts.org, you can find a beginner’s guide to the brain and nervous system. Under eight neuroscience “core concepts,” you’ll receive an overview on everything from how neurons communicate, to the source of curiosity. A short (under two-minute) video accompanies each concept, along with an interactive activity and related reading.


Credit: The Society for Neuroscience

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New SfN Website, BrainFacts.org, Launches

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.

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SfN Conducting Survey Regarding New Website

The Society for Neuroscience needs your help to build a new brain information Web site, BrainFacts.org, which will launch in spring 2012. The site will provide a wealth of information, including facts about brain diseases and disorders, brain research, and strategies to promote brain health. The Society is in the research phase of the project to determine how to best meet users’ needs.

Please take this short online survey to contribute your preferences. The survey will only be active until July 16. The survey results will help shape the new site. Thank you.

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