Building a better understanding of how the brain works and produces behavior is a research challenge with the potential to revolutionize everything from medicine to the development of artificial intelligence. For years, NSF's Next Generation Networks for Neuroscience program, also known as NeuroNex, has worked to help develop new tools and theories to solve the mysteries of the brain. Now, NSF and a group of international partners are working to put those resources in the hands of researchers around the world and create international partnerships to accelerate the next generation of neuroscience.
Seventy researchers, representing four countries, will investigate aspects of how brains work and interact with the environment around them. Some teams will research how brains control an animals' motion and how the brain processes scents and impacts behavior. Others will explore how changes in synapse structure affect how neurons communicate and how brains retain information.