Decade of the brain. An agenda for the nineties

West J Med. 1994 Sep;161(3):239-41.


On July 25, 1989, President George Bush, in response to reports written by the National Advisory Councils of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the National Institute of Mental Health and at the urging of Congress, signed a presidential declaration designating the 1990s to be the "Decade of the Brain" and called on the United States to observe the decade with appropriate activities. At mid-decade, scientific accomplishment has been spectacular; however, both public support and increases in research resources have been minimal. It can be anticipated that scientific progress will continue to be impressive for the remainder of the decade, but many research opportunities will either not be addressed or will be postponed. At mid-decade, the time has come to re-evaluate the research agenda and the public strategy for the remainder of the decade.

MeSH terms

  • Brain Diseases* / physiopathology
  • Brain Diseases* / prevention & control
  • Brain* / physiology
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • National Institute of Mental Health (U.S.)
  • National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
  • Neurology / trends
  • Research
  • United States