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Brain sciences in China

China’s rapidly ageing population presents the world’s most populous nation with a host of challenges, some of which may be solved by scientific research. Here, Nature explores how brain scientists in China and further afield are working to identify and alleviate brain disease in the elderly, and how the nation is funding research to better care for its retirees.

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A leader in brain-computer interface technologies from Tianjin, China, is advancing brain-inspired research with real-world applications, opening a world of medical possibilities.

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Combining clinical and basic research strengths, the Institutes of Brain Science (IOBS) at Fudan University in Shanghai has pioneered neuroscience innovation set to bring significant social benefit.

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With a strong foundation in neuroscience and clinical research, Shanghai is investing heavily to spearhead brain research, and forming a comprehensive network.

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Pushing the frontiers of science and engineering, a prestigious institute in Beijing has devised ground-breaking instruments for brain studies.

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The State Key Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at The University of Hong Kong has played a big role in revealing insights about function, to improve brain and psychological health.

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