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From Molecules to Minds

Challenges for the 21st Century

Workshop Summary


Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); .
ISBN-13: 978-0-309-12092-0ISBN-10: 0-309-12092-6


The workshop was organized so that representatives of all corners of the neuroscience world could provide updates on the latest advances in the field, and then discuss how they related to the concept of Grand Challenges. Throughout the day, participants learned how advances in imaging technology, computer science, molecular biology, biochemistry, and neuroscience in general had made it possible for us to imagine understanding how the brain works at a fundamental level—something that was not possible just 2 or 3 years ago. In addition, each participant was invited to present his/her impression of what one or two Grand Challenges would be for the neurosciences.


Rapporteurs: Matthew Hougan and Bruce Altevogt

This project was supported by contracts between the National Academy of Sciences and the Alzheimer’s Association; AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; CeNeRx Biopharma; the Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institutes of Health (NIH, Contract No. N01-OD-4-2139) through the National Eye Institute, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research; Eli Lilly and Company; GE Healthcare, Inc.; GlaxoSmithKline, Inc.; Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Inc.; Merck Research Laboratories, Inc.; the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; the National Science Foundation (Contract No. OIA-0753701); the Society for Neuroscience; and Wyeth Research, Inc.

Suggested citation:

IOM (Institute of Medicine). 2008. From molecules to minds: Challenges for the 21st century: Workshop summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

The views presented in this publication are those of the editors and attributing authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the organizations or agencies that provided support for this project.

NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The members of the committee responsible for the report were chosen for their special competences and with regard for appropriate balance.

Copyright © 2008, National Academy of Sciences.
Bookshelf ID: NBK50995PMID: 21595113DOI: 10.17226/12220


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