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Research Topics in Neuroscience

Related Resources

The links below are online references for additional resources in the field of neuroscience. These range from professional societies that maintain links to areas that any reader can explore in this field. Many of the linked sites provide resources for further study, as well as downloadable resources that can be used for classroom teaching.


The Society for Neuroscience addresses the study of brain development, sensation and perception, learning and memory, movement, sleep, stress, aging and neurological and psychiatric disorders. It also includes the molecules, cells and genes responsible for nervous system functioning.

The International Brain Research Organization was founded to enhance the mobilization and utilization of the world’s scientific resources for research on the brain.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the steward of medical and behavioral research for the United States, governed under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The National Science Foundation fosters the interchange of scientific information among scientists and engineers in the United States and foreign countries.

The American Academy of Neurology provides valuable resources for medical specialists worldwide who are committed to improving the care of patients with neurological diseases

The American Clinical Neurophysiology Society is a professional association dedicated to fostering excellence in clinical neurophysiology and furthering the understanding of central nervous system function in health and disease through education, research, and the provision of a forum for discussion and interaction.

American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. The field of neuropsychopharmacology involves the evaluation of the effects of natural and synthetic compounds upon the brain, mind, and human behavior.

The purpose of the European Brain and Behaviour Society is the exchange of information between European scientists interested in the relationship of brain mechanisms and behavior.

The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies was established to advance research and education in the neurosciences.

The American Society for Neurochemistry advances and promotes the science of neurochemistry and related.

The American Society for Neural Transplantation and Repair is composed of basic and clinical neuroscientists who utilize transplantation and related technologies to better understand the way the nervous system functions and establish new procedures for its repair in response to trauma or neurodegenerative disease.

The American Neuromodulation Society is dedicated to advancing the field of neuromodulation through clinical research, education, and print.

The American Epilepsy Society is committed to the support and enhancement of the study, acquisition, dissemination, and application of knowledge concerning epilepsy—biological, clinical, and social.

The Society for Endocrinology aims to promote the advancement of public education in endocrinology.

The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation funds research that develops treatments and cures for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury and other central nervous system disorders.

The Human Frontier Science Program supports novel, innovative, and interdisciplinary basic research focused on the complex mechanisms of living organisms; topics range from molecular and cellular approaches to systems and cognitive neuroscience.

The International Affairs Committee (SfN and US NAS) supports neuroscientists worldwide through professional training and international collaboration.

The International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society works to promote the field of neurobehavioral genetics.

The International Behavioral Neuroscience Society encourages research and education in the field of behavioral neuroscience.

The International Neural Network Society promotes the understanding of biological and artificial neural networks.

The International Association for the Study of Pain. Dedicated to furthering research on pain and improving the care of patients with pain.

The International Neurotoxicology Association is an organization of scientists working in the field of neurotoxicology. Fields of interest include all disciplines related to the study of the adverse effects of chemicals on the nervous system, including neurochemistry, physiology, neuropathology, and behavior.

The goal of the International Neuromodulation Society is to to increase the understanding of the mechanisms of neuromodulation and to evaluate existing and new applications.

The International Society for Autonomic Neuroscience is a society comprising of researchers, medical professionals, academics, industry professionals and students working with the autonomic nervous system.

International Society for Developmental Neuroscience is an organization of basic and clinical scientists who are interested in the development of the nervous system in the broadest sense. Many ISDN members are also interested in aspects of aging, as well as neuronal dysfunctions associated with trauma or disease.

International Society for Neurochemistry. This portal is provided to the neurochemistry community to facilitate the worldwide advancement of neurochemistry and related neuroscience discipline.

Brain Pathology is the official publication of International Society for Neuropathology.

The International Society for Psychoneuroendocrinology promotes and disseminates knowledge on hormones, their interactions with brain, and body processes and behavior, as well as their clinical applications.

The Neurosciences Institute is a not-for-profit research center dedicated to “high risk-high payoff” research designed to discover the biological basis of higher-level brain functions in humans.

The Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology is a scientific society committed to understanding interactions between behavior and neuroendocrine function to advance understanding of behavioral neuroendocrinology.

Women in Neuroscience (WIN) is an international organization promoting the advancement of women neuroscientists at all career levels.

The Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation provides information about and resources pertaining to this disease.

The FacioScapuloHumeral Muscular Dystrophy Society addresses issues and needs related to this disease of the skeletal muscle, which is a type of muscular dystrophy.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada provides relevant and current information about many types of neuromuscular disorders in an easy to understand format.

The Meningitis Foundation of America (MFA) helps support sufferers of spinal meningitis and their families.

The Movement Disorder Society (MDS) is an international professional society of clinicians, scientists, and other healthcare professionals, who are interested in Parkinson’s disease, related neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders, hyperkinetic movement disorders, and abnormalities in muscle tone and motor control.

The National Aphasia Association promotes public education, research, rehabilitation and support services to assist people with aphasia and their families.

The National Dysautonomia Research Foundation provides information about this dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system.

National Headache Foundation educates headache sufferers and healthcare professionals about headache causes and treatments.

The National Institute on Aging leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society promotes research, educates, advocates on critical issues, and organizes a wide range of programs, including support for the newly diagnosed and those living with MS over time.

The National Neurofibromatosis Foundation of the U.S. addresses a set of genetic disorders which cause tumors to grow along various types of nerves.

The National Neurotrauma Society promotes neurotrauma research by enhancing communications, providing a forum, and increasing support on the national and international level.

The Acoustic Neuroma Association provides information and support to patients who have been diagnosed with or experienced an acoustic neuroma or other benign problem affecting the cranial nerves.


Flybase is a database of genetic and molecular data for Drosophila. FlyBase includes data on all species from the family Drosophilidae; the primary species represented is Drosophila melanogaster.

Berkeley Drosophila Genome Project (BDGP). The goals of the Drosophila Genome Center are to finish the sequence of the euchromatic genome of Drosophila melanogaster to high quality, and to generate and maintain biological annotations of this sequence.

The Bloomington Fly Stock Center collects, maintains and distributes Drosophila melanogaster strains for research.

The Basic Atlas of the Drosophila Brain provides the user with a hypertext tour guide to the basic structural elements of the Drosophila nervous system.

Molecular Biology/Protein Analysis

BLAST® (Basic Local Alignment Search Tool) is a set of similarity search programs designed to explore all of the available sequence databases regardless of whether the query is protein or DNA.

The Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) Search Launcher is an ongoing project to organize molecular biology-related search and analysis services available on the web by function, by providing a single point-of-entry for related searches.

Pfam is a large collection of multiple sequence alignments and hidden Markov models covering many common protein families.

Prodom is a comprehensive set of protein domain families automatically generated from the SWISS-PROT and TrEMBL sequence databases.

The ExPASy (Expert Protein Analysis System) proteomics server of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics is dedicated to the analysis of protein sequences and structures.

The Whitehead Institute serves as the flagship of the Human Genome Project, the international effort to identify the blueprint for a human being.


Bioprotocol is a compendium of high quality web links of interest and use to life science researchers and others working in the areas of biotechnology and the biomedical sciences.

The National Center for Research Resources supports primary research to create and develop critical resources, models, and technologies.

Neurosciences on the Net is a searchable and browsable index of online neuroscience resources addressing neurobiology, neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, psychology, cognitive science sites and information on human neurological diseases. Neuroscience for Kids has been created for all students and teachers who would like to learn about the nervous system.


Annotated histology sections of developing mouse is a digital atlas of mouse development and a database resource for spatially mapped data such as in situ gene expression and cell lineage. The 3D Mouse atlas (MRI based) site allows visitors to query cerebral structures of a 13.5 dpc mouse embryo and view 3-D reconstructions of those structures as well as reconstructions of the entire embryo. Cranial nerve tutorial. Fundamental information about the cranial nerves. Neuroanatomy online at University of Utah. This site contains interactive multimedia which allows the learner to move between diagrams, gross anatomy, microscopic specimens, definitions, and atlases in a manner tailored to the student’s needs. Loyola University. Online neuroanatomy course information and content.

Neuroanatomy and pathology on the Internet is a searchable directory compiled for medical students, residents, and other health professionals.

Online References

The Human Brain is an online virtual hospital site hosted by the University of Iowa that provides a stunning array of images of the human central nervous system from infants to adults.

The Whole Brain atlas, hosted by the Harvard Medical School, displays pictures from MRI to fMRI in various disease states.


The Cognitive Science Society has the latest news and information on conferences, funding, and employment, along with a host of related conferences.

The Cognitive Neuroscience Society is committed to the development of mind and brain research aimed at investigating the psychological, computational, and neuroscientific bases of cognition.

The American Psychological Society promotes, protects, and advances the interests of scientifically oriented psychology in research, application, teaching, and the improvement of human welfare.

The Organization for Human Brain Mapping provides an educational forum for the exchange of up-to-the-minute and ground-breaking research across modalities exploring human brain mapping.

The Psychonomic Society promotes the communication of scientific research in psychology and allied sciences.

The Federation of Behavioral, Psychological and Cognitive Sciences (PDF) is a coalition of member organizations, university departments of psychology, schools of education, research centers, regional psychological associations, and science divisions of the American Psychological Association.

The American Society of Neuroimaging is an international, professional organization representing neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists and other neuroscientists who are dedicated to the advancement of techniques used to evaluate the nervous system.

This is a link to the MGH/MIT/HMS Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital.


The American Association for Applied Linguistics is a professional organization of scholars who are interested in and actively contribute to the multi-disciplinary field of applied linguistics.

The American Philological Association is the principal learned society for classical studies of ancient Greek and Roman languages, literatures, and civilizations.

The Association for Computational Linguistics is an international scientific and professional society for people working on problems involving natural language and computation.

The Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing supports the application of computing in the study of language and literature.

The Association for Machine Translation in the Americas is for those interested in the translation of languages using computers in some way.

The International Speech Communication Association covers all the aspects of speech communication (acoustics, phonetics, phonology, linguistics, natural language processing, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, signal processing, pattern recognition, etc.

Epigraphic Society is concerned with the discovery and decipherment of ancient inscriptions.

The Linguistic Society of America serves its members through scholarly meetings, publications, and special activities designed to advance the discipline of linguistics.

The Philological Society is devoted to the scholarly study of language and languages.

The Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction is an international professional organization of scholars interested in qualitative research, especially interactionist research.