Special collection celebrating 50 years of neuroscience

17th Dec 2018

Neuroscience: past, present and future

To coincide with our 50th anniversary, the British Neuroscience Association (BNA) has published a Special Collection compiling 50-year reviews on a wide breadth of neuroscience topics. 


Neuroscience matters. It is one of the largest and most exciting fields within biomedicine and has captured widespread public interest - it is, after all, the science of who we are. The effective translation of neuroscience research has had, and continues to have, profound implications for the health and well-being of both the individual and society in general.

This special collection celebrates the 50th anniversary of the British Neuroscience Association. Now a professional society with over 2000 members, the BNA started in 1965 with just a small group of brain researchers meeting regularly in a London pub - The Black Horse. This group was formalized to become the Brain Research Association in 1968.  Its focus was broadened by changing its name, in 1996, to the British Neuroscience Association.

In this collection leading neuroscientists reflect on past discoveries, review present understanding, and consider how their respective areas of expertise may develop in years ahead.   It will be invaluable for students learning a subject for the first time, for lecturers in their teaching, for scientists wanting an overview of their field, and for anyone wanting highly-readable neuroscience written by the people who increase our understanding of it every day.

Editors: Professors Alan M. Palmer, John Aggleton and Stafford Lightman, with special thanks to Deborah Castle.

Articles (published thus far - 15th Jan 2018) - Updated list found here

A brief history of the British Neuroscience Association
Steven P. Rose, Yvonne S. Allen, Ian M. Varndell
First published September 13, 2018

Sodium Channels
John N. Wood, Federico Iseppon
First published November 13, 2018

Central control of autonomic function
John H. Coote, K. Michael Spyer
First published November 13, 2018

Stroke: The past, present and future
I. Mhairi Macrae, Stuart M. Allen
First published November 12, 2018

Epigenetics, chromatin and brain development function
Anthony R. Isles
First published November 12, 2018

The neuroscience of hearing or how to do a hard job with soft components
Jonathan Ashmore
First published November 8, 2018

The genetics of neuropsychiatiric disorders
Nicholas J Bray, Michael C. O'Donovan
First published October 12, 2018

The neuroscience of depressive disorders: A brief review of the past and some considerations of the future
Alexander Kaltenboeck, Catheriner Harmer
First published October 8, 2018

Voltage-gated calcium channels: Their discovery, function and importance as drug targets
Annette C. Dolphin
First published October 2, 2018

Open innovation in neuroscience research and drug discovery
Ann J. Hunter, Wen H. Lee, Chas Bountra
First published September 13, 2018

Memory: Looking back and looking forward
John P. Aggleton, Richard G. M. Morris
First published August 15, 2018

Deep brain stimulation: An overview of history, methods, and future developments
Laurie Pycroft, John Stein, Tipu Aziz
First published December 12, 2018

Neuroengineering and neuroprosthetics
Kevin Warwick
First published December 12, 2018

Antibody-mediated central nervous system diseases
Maria Pia Giannoccaro, Sarah J. Crisp, Angela Vincent
First published December 10, 2018

Purine and purinergic receptors
Geoffrey Burnstock
First published December 6, 2018

Perspectives from affective science on understanding the nature of emotion
Elaine Fox
First published December 5, 2018

The development of antipsychotic drugs
David Cunningham Owens, Eve C. Johnstone
First published December 5, 2018

The utility of stem cells for neural regeneration
Kirsty Goncalves, Stefan Przyborski
First published December 5, 2018

Nitric oxide as a multimodal brain transmitter
John Garthwaite
First published December 4, 2018

Neuroglia: Realising their true potential
Arthur Butt, Alexei Verkhratsky
First published December 4, 2018

Transcranial brain stimulation: Past and future
John Rothwell
First published December 4, 2018

50 years of decoding olfaction
Peter A Brennan
First published November 29, 2018

Psychopharmacology: From serendipitous discoveries to rationale design, but what next?
Emma Robinson
First published November 22, 2018

Consciousness: The last 50 years (and the next)
Anil K. Seth
First published November 22, 2018

Fifty Years of Advances in Neuroendocrinology
John A. Russell
First published November 16, 2018

Synapse molecular complexity and the plasticity behaviour problem
Seth G. N. Grant
First published November 15, 2018

Cognitive representations of spatial location
Kate J. Jeffery
First published November 15, 2018

Cannabinoid ligands, receptors and enzymes: Pharmacological tools and therapeutic potential
Wafa Hourani and Stephen P. H. Alexander
First published June 19, 2018

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