Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

The NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research

Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

The NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research

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Disorders of the nervous system affect one in three Americans and present an extraordinary challenge for health science research. As part of its broad mission to understand the interplay between environmental factors and genetic susceptibility in human health and disease, the NIEHS has an active extramural research program in neuroscience, particularly in the areas of neurodevelopment and neurodegeneration. The NIEHS recently joined the Neuroscience Blueprint, a formal collaboration among 15 NIH institutes that support research on the nervous system. Scientific programs implemented under the Blueprint are intended to accomplish goals that strengthen the neuroscience enterprise and make it more effective and that also affect many or all of the individual disciplines within neuroscience. These goals include pooling of resources and expertise, establishing economies of scale, addressing large and complex challenges within neuroscience, and developing tools and infrastructure to serve the entire neuroscience community.

During its first full year of operation, the Neuroscience Blueprint has acted to expand a number of existing resources and has established art infrastructure for the efficient development and implementation of new initiatives. One of the initial Blueprint activities was the expansion of the Microarray Consortium. Four microarray centers are now available to serve the expression profiling and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping needs of neuroscience investigators funded by any of the Blueprint institutes. …

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