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Neuron. 2016 Jun 1;90(5):917-26. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2016.05.030.

Neuroscience Training for the 21st Century.

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  • 1University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA. Electronic address:
  • 2Neuroscience and Pain Research Unit, Pfizer, Inc., Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.
  • 3Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA.
  • 4National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA.
  • 5Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Washington, DC 20001, USA.
  • 6The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, New York, NY 10163, USA.
  • 7The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637, USA.
  • 8National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA 22230, USA.


The field of neuroscience is enjoying a rapid expansion in scope, coupled with a remarkable broadening of conceptual approaches, scientific tools, and clinical applications. This growth poses new challenges for academic training programs as they prepare young neuroscientists for a more complex, competitive, and diverse career landscape. Multiple stakeholders, including academia, federal funding agencies, industry, scientific societies, private foundations, and other public and private sector contributors, need to be actively engaged in supporting this broad training effort. A renewed commitment to a more forward-looking, flexible yet integrative training vision offers opportunities for a bright future for young neuroscientists as they assume the role of vanguard of the enterprise that enriches our understanding of the brain.

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