Brain science acts to manage a scientist surplus while averting a brain drain

It’s a good problem to have, but it’s still a problem: There are more PhD students training for careers in neuroscience research than academic institutions can possibly employ. A new paper sounds the call for numerous stakeholders, from funding agencies to industry captains, to put their heads together and come up with broader training approaches. The authors’ aim is to prepare promising yet frustrated neuroscientists for alternative career paths while warding off a major brain drain. Commentating in the journal Neuron, Huda Akil, PhD, from the University of Michigan, and colleagues laid out a plan that includes such action items as: Enhancing neuroscience training programs with more focus on computational science, statistics and programming in order to guide students in assimilating input from brain imaging, genetic sequencing, molecular analysis, bioinformatics…


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