Encouraging dialog across disciplines, to consider and discuss implications of neuroscience research

There are many topics at the intersection of neuroscience and society – areas where scientists can benefit by learning more about downstream applications of scientific findings, and non-scientists can benefit by learning about tools, technologies, and our current understanding of brain biology.  Direct conversation can inform, generate transparency, and ultimately lead to new and improved policies and responsible applications that positively impact community health.

Social Justice Resources

From the Brown School: During this time of tragedy, anger and upheaval following the death of George Floyd, many in our community are seeking ways to advance social justice and racial equity, and protest police brutality. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the situation more troubling and complex. The below resources have been curated by staff, faculty and students at the Brown School who want to advance change, while being mindful to protect public health.

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Aims for the Neuroscience & Society initiative

  • For scientists: Opportunities to explore how our understanding of brain biology is applied outside academia, and how scientific findings can impact the design and implementation of policies related to families, health, the workplace, and education.
  • For policy makers on topics such as healthcare, education and criminal justice: Increased transparency and a pipeline for information, where our understanding of brain development and function is especially relevant.