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Lipscombe elected president of Society for Neuroscience


The director of the Brown Institute for Brain Science will assume the post next year.

The Society for Neuroscience, the world’s largest organization for the study of the brain and nervous system with nearly 38,000 members from 90 countries, has chosen Brown University Professor of Neuroscience Diane Lipscombe, PhD, as its president, a title she will assume in November 2018 at the close of the annual meeting in Washington, DC.

Lipscombe will first serve for a year as president-elect starting this November; after one year as president, she will serve as past president, completing a three-year course of society leadership on the society’s executive committee.

“I am incredibly honored to serve the Society for Neuroscience, a dynamic organization that advances​ research, communicates the value and importance of neuroscience, ​trains, and educates future scientists and ​advocates for sustained funding and support for science,” Lipscombe says. “I look forward to engaging in global advocacy for neuroscience research and to ensuring that we support our next generation of neuroscientists.”

All regular society members, including emeritus and postdoctoral members, were eligible to vote in the election, which ended June 2.

As Lipscombe leads the society, she will continue to direct the Brown Institute for Brain Science, where she took the helm in 2015, and maintain her teaching and research at Brown.

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