Fogarty and its NIH partners will mark a decade of support for brain disorders research and training in developing countries at a 3-day symposium Feb. 11-13 at Natcher. The meeting will focus on the accomplishments of grantees funded by Fogarty’s Brain Disorders in the Developing World: Research Across the Lifespan (BRAIN) program. The agenda features lessons in research capacity-building.
Attendees will share insights on a wide range of topics, including the influence of environmental pollutants and toxins, infectious diseases, trauma and injury, genetics, nutrition and ways to address disorders and deficits with interventions and rehabilitation across the lifespan. Grantees will also discuss ways to address gaps in the current research portfolio, as well as new directions and opportunities for neuroscience in low- and middle-income countries. Keynote speakers include former Fogarty director and Boston University associate dean for global health Dr. Gerald Keusch and Dr. Steven Hyman, former NIMH director who now directs the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and is president-elect of the Society for Neuroscience.
The BRAIN effort has supported more than 140 collaborative research projects in 30 countries, with the long-term goal of building sustainable capacity in research areas related to nervous system function and impairment throughout life. NIH funding partners for the BRAIN program are NIA, NICHD, NIAAA, NIDA, NIEHS, NINDS, NIMH and ODS.
For more information on the symposium, visit http://bit.ly/BRAIN10.