NINDS Requests Your Input
The past two decades have seen some remarkable milestones in basic and clinical neuroscience research—among them, the discovery that the adult brain is capable of generating new neurons, and the development of life-altering treatments like t-PA and deep brain stimulation for acute stroke and Parkinson's, respectively. To anticipate and help drive future milestones, NINDS recently launched a new Institute-wide strategic planning effort. The last Institute-wide planning effort, "Neuroscience in the New Millennium," was completed in 1999 and is available on the NINDS web site. NINDS will begin by developing a blue sky vision for basic and clinical neuroscience—a set of goals to which NINDS should aspire over the next 15 years. The Institute will go on to explore how best to focus and prioritize its basic, clinical, translational, and disease-focused research activities to realize this vision and pursue its mission more effectively. NINDS will seek input from the research community throughout this process.
As the first stage of this multi-phase planning process, NINDS has posted a series of blue sky questions, aimed at identifying promises and challenges in neuroscience and neurology. We seek input from academic and industrial neuroscience researchers, clinicians, patient groups, and anyone with significant interest in the future of neuroscience. Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows and other new investigators, who represent the future of neuroscience research, are especially encouraged to respond. The deadline for response is August 31, 2007. Please visit www.ninds.nih.gov/bluesky to give us your thoughts. Thank you in advance for your participation.