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Editorial
July 22 2009

Mental Health Theme IssueCall for Papers

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Dr Glass (richard.glass@jama-archives.org) is Deputy Editor, JAMA. Dr Glass is also with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.

JAMA. 2009;302(4):439-440. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1054

In 1990, then-President George H. W. Bush issued a proclamation designating the 1990s as the Decade of the Brain to encourage brain research and also to enhance public awareness of the benefits to be derived from brain research.1 This formal recognition of the importance of increasing both scientific knowledge and public understanding about the organ that is the site of emotion and cognition and the controller of most bodily functions was a fitting way to end the 20th century, and few would question that knowledge about brain structure and function has increased remarkably.

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