Like many scientific disciplines, neuroscience is at a crossroads marked by generational change within and an external world in rapid flux.
The events that have unfolded in the past years have made it increasingly clear that society requires a better understanding of brain function. The COVID19 pandemic has been underscoring the present and future importance of neuroscience for developing treatments for the neurodegenerative, neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental consequences of rapid and widespread viral infections in the human population, and the consequent changes in social habits to which large fractions of the world population have been subjected. More generally, it is becoming increasingly clear that a deep understanding of the inner workings of the brain is critical not just for treating brain disorders but also for informing how we manage mental health, education and the development of biologically inspired artificial intelligence.
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