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Neuroscience in recession?


As the global financial downturn continues, its impact on neuroscientists — both on an individual level and at the level of their research institute — becomes increasingly apparent. How is the economic crisis affecting neuroscience funding, career prospects, international collaborations and scientists' morale in different parts of the world? Nature Reviews Neuroscience gauged the opinions of a number of leading neuroscientists: the President of the Society for Neuroscience, the President Elect of the British Neuroscience Association, the former President of the Japan Neuroscience Society, the President of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies and the Director of the US National Institute of Mental Health. Their responses provide interesting and important insights into the regional impact of the global financial downturn, with some causes for optimism for the future of neuroscience research.

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David Nutt has been in receipt of MRC and BBSRC grant funding over the past 10 years and has received Ph.D. support, research grants and consulting payments from a number of pharmaceutical companies including GSK, Merck, Pfizer and Sanofi-Aventis Ltd.

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Amara, S., Grillner, S., Insel, T. et al. Neuroscience in recession?. Nat Rev Neurosci 12, 297–302 (2011).

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