Findings of international brain research report to be presented at #SfN14

Experts will discuss new developments in brain research at the Neuroscience 2014 conference

This image is from the cover of Elsevier's comprehensive report on the state of global brain research: <em>Brain Science: Mapping the Landscape of Brain and Neuroscience Research</em>. The report will be launched November 15 Neuroscience 2014.Numerous national initiatives have been created to explore and fund brain research. A new Elsevier report aims to support these global efforts and facilitate coordination and collaboration across the various initiatives.

Brain Science: Mapping the Landscape of Brain and Neuroscience Research — which gives an overview of the state of research and opportunity in brain and neuroscience research — will be presented November 15 at a satellite event of Neuroscience 2014, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

The report examines trends in brain and neuroscience research from 2009 to 2013 focusing on brain science research output on a national level, levels of collaboration within brain research, cross-disciplinary researcher mobility, and emerging trends and themes in brain research.

It includes both traditional bibliometrics assessments of subject-specific research output and impact, as well as many new measures of the global research effort, including types of collaboration and disciplinary mobility. Elsevier also developed novel methods to identify and compare emerging trends from the research literature and funded research — a distinctive forward-looking approach.

This report represents a pioneering effort to capture the state of global brain research and provides various stakeholders in brain research — funders, governments, universities, research institutions, and policy groups — with a resource that can help inform decisions about future research strategies and funding priorities, guide international coordination and collaboration, and steer policy and advocacy efforts.

Key findings include research output across various countries, the impact of articles in brain and neuroscience research compared to that of other subject areas, and the percentage of brain researchers that have published in multiple disciplines.

Members of Elsevier's Global Academic Relations and Analytical Services teams will be joined by a panel of distinguished brain research experts from different sectors in the US, European Union and Japan to share their thoughts about the current state of global brain research and new directions.

A networking reception will precede the presentations. The event is free and open even if not registered for other sessions of the meeting.


  • Stephane Berghmans, Vice President, Global Academic & Research Relations, Elsevier (moderator)
  • Sarah Caddick, Neuroscience Advisor, Lord Sainsbury of Turville, Gatsby Charitable Foundation
  • Kristen Cardinal, Director of Global Development, RIKEN Brain Science Institute
  • Monica Di Luca, President, Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), and Board Member, European Brain Council (EBC)
  • Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski, Vice President, Global Academic & Research Relations, Elsevier
  • Richard Frackowiak, Chair, Medical Sciences Scientific Committee, Science Europe and Co-Director, Human Brain Project (HBP)
  • Justin Sanchez, Program Manager, Biological Technologies Office, DARPA, United States Department of Defense

To attend the presentation

The event: Presentation of Elsevier's international brain research report at a satellite event of Neuroscience 2014.

Date: Saturday, November 15

Time: 6:30-8:30 PM

Location: Marriott Marquis (Georgetown Room), 901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC

Registration: The event is free and open, but registration is required.


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Elsevier Connect Contributors

Stephane Berghmans, DVM, PhDAs VP of Academic & Research Relations, European Union, for Elsevier, Dr. Stephane Berghmans (@StefEurope) oversees EU strategic initiatives, partnerships, and stakeholder needs. He is a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine with a PhD in genetics and molecular biology. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School, where he studied cancer at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He moved to the drug discovery biotech sector in 2004, first in Cambridge (UK) and then Portland, Oregon, as Director of Biology at Znomics Inc. He joined the European Science Foundation in 2009 to head the Biomedical Sciences Unit, managing the European Medical Research Councils (EMRC) and focusing on science policy and strategy. He joined the Global Academic & Research Relations team at Elsevier in 2013.

Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski, PhDDr. Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski (@hfalk14) is VP of Global Academic & Research Relations for Elsevier, where she focuses on how insight from data and analytics guide strategic planning for the research enterprise. Her engagement activities emphasize building new relationships and strategic alliances around important issues for research and research training, such as those related to research analytics and strategic planning; economic development; early career researcher development; scholarly communication and open access/open data; research and faculty information management; expertise discovery and collaboration; and research metrics and impact.

Through her leadership with the Annual International Science of Team Science Conference, Dr. Falk-Krzesinski has been instrumental in developing a strong community of practice for team science and interdisciplinary research. She is also involved in broadly promoting women in STEM and gender in research.

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