In the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th, brain research belonged to many different areas that differed in methodology and targets: the morphological, the physiological and the psychological. The latter used to consider the brain as a black box where only the input and output were known but not at all the neuronal components and the way they interact with each other. At the beginning of the third millennium, due to prolonged ageing, neurodevelopmental disorders are growing and a much deeper knowledge of the brain is necessary. Scientific and technological research, from molecular to behavioural levels, have been carried out in many different places but they have not been developed in a really interdisciplinary way. Research should be based on the convergence of different interconnected scientific sectors, not in isolation, as was the case in the past.
As this report demonstrates, the burden of neurological disorders is reaching a significant proportion in countries with a growing percentage of the population over 65 years old.
With this report go my best wishes that it be disseminated worldwide and that it receive the deserved attention of the Global Health Community in all the countries of the world.
1986 Nobel Prize in Medicine
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