About GNS - History

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In 1993 the Neurowissenschaftliche Gesellschaft e. V. (NWG) /German Neuroscience Society (GNS) was registered as non-profit organization at the Charlottenburg district court of Berlin, after a two years founding period full of constructive but sometimes also controversal discusssions.

During the last two decades of the past millennium neurosciences developed into one of the core disciplines in biology and medicine. Neuroscience research helps to better understand many aspects of life, from basic subcellular processes to complex behavior. It prepared the ground for research on many diseases which have a growing impact due to increasing life expectancy (e.g. neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s). Last but not least the brain and its neural networks became a model for computer algorithms.

The nineties of the past millenium were thus proclaimed the “Decade of the Brain” by the US Senate and President in order to take into account the rapid developments in neuroscience research. This was most impressively reflected in the growth and attractiveness of the American Society for Neuroscience (SfN). For Europa a similar scenario can be described: the European Neuroscience Association (ENA) was founded at that time, and many smaller national societies were formed, such as the German Neuroscience Society (Neurowissenschaftliche Gesellschaft e.V., GNS) in Germany in 1993, after the reunification.

Neuroscientists work in a variety of disciplines, e.g. in molecular, cellular or developmental biology, in institutes of zoology, anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, psychology, pathology, or pharmacy. They do research at clinics for neurology, neurosurgery and psychiatry. Fostering the interaction between all those fields is one of the goal ot the German Neuroscience Society.