Welcome to the GNIF Brain Blogger!

System_Messages2.jpgThe official purpose of this blog is to:

“…review the latest interesting news in neuroscience, psychiatry, and neurology; on brain disorder related stigmatization and discrimination; and it will occasionally integrate GNIF news, PR, and events. It will serve as a focal point for attracting new minds into the science of the brain and the biopsychosocial model.”

In a sense, then, this blog should serve as both an entry point into the ‘popular’ face of Neuroscience, Psychiatry and Neurology, sciences which tend to be shrouded in misunderstanding or incomprehension and a resource for professionals involved in the fields.

This blog and its writers will attempt to strike a balance between making Neuroscience more accessible to folk and being informative to members of the profession.

To begin with (and please skip this if you already understand them) what exactly do we mean by Neuroscience, Neurology and Psychiatry?

According to the Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary, Neuroscience is:

“… a branch (as neurophysiology) of the life sciences that deals with the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, or molecular biology of nerves and nervous tissue and especially their relation to behavior and learning.”

While Neurology is:

“… the scientific study of the nervous system especially in respect to its structure, functions, and abnormalities.”

and Psychiatry is:

“… a branch of medicine that deals with the science and practice of treating mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders especially as originating in endogenous causes or resulting from faulty interpersonal relationships”

Please check the Brain Blogger on a regular basis; we will be getting things moving quickly now. I have recently been appointed as the project coordinator and writers are coming on-stream. Furthermore, if you see an area which needs improvement or where we are ‘missing the boat,’ do not hesitate to contact the me and pass your comments along.

Ray McIntyre
[Former] Brain Blogger Project Coordinator

Shaheen Lakhan
GNIF Executive Director

Ray McIntyre

Ray McIntyre is a former librarian who spent many years in social justice.
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