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Welcome to ThInk

December 10, 2012
Drawing of the head, showing cells of brain ventricles, circa 1347.

Drawing of the head, showing cells of brain ventricles, circa 1347.

ThInk is an exciting new project for the Wellcome Trust. The Wellcome Trust Blog has been running successfully for several years and publishes all sorts of interesting news, interviews and updates from across the Trust’s work. Now, inspired by the ‘Wonder’ season and the BNA 2013: Festival of Neuroscience, we’ve decided to launch a new blog, dedicated to exploring the human brain and the science, art and innovation that spring from it.

The blog will be rooted in current research. Though some brain science does grab the headlines, there are many researchers in laboratories and libraries around the country, whose work to discover more about the human brain is largely unknown to the public, or even to others working in different branches of the field. ThInk will give readers an insight into the breadth of this research, not only scientific studies, but also research from other disciplines that contributes to our understanding of the brain.

We could have confined ourselves to reporting on new research and published papers, but as well as opening up the field of neuroscience for our readers, we want to provide a forum for researchers to do some exploring of their own. So we’ve decided to hand them the pen.

Over the past few months, we’ve recruited a team of columnists to write for the blog. All are researchers, but they are from a variety of different fields. They include: Doug Turnbull, Professor of Neurology at the University of Newcastle, Jen Wallis, whose doctoral studies at Queen Mary, University of London, centre on late 19th century British psychiatry, and a whole team of researchers from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at UCL. Over the coming months, their posts will give you an insight into their work: what they are doing, how they are doing it, the challenges, and the triumphs.

By drawing together different disciplines and providing a forum for discussion, we hope, in keeping with the aims of the Festival and the ‘Wonder’ season, to create opportunities for our columnists, and our readers, to connect neuroscience with policy, philosophy, medicine, art and every day life. To help get the ball rolling, we’ll be asking experts from across these different areas to contribute to the discussion through guest posts. The first of which, from Vikram Patel, Professor of International Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, will be published in the New Year.

To top it all off, we’ll also be giving you exclusive behind-the-scenes stories from the ‘Wonder’ season. There will be posts from the artists and scientists who are collaborating on ‘Wonder’ events and from the teams at the Barbican and the Wellcome Trust.

The first posts from our columnists will soon be published, so keep an eye out for them. In the meantime, for an introduction to the ‘Wonder’ season and the BNA 2013: Festival of Neuroscience and an insight into the motivation behind these projects, take a look at the posts from Amy Sanders, Programme Manager at the Wellcome Trust, and Dr Ian Varndell, Acting Chief Executive at the British Neuroscience Assocation.

Please do share your thoughts and comments, either by commenting on these pages or on the hashtag #thinkNS on twitter. I hope you enjoy the blog.

Holly Story

Holly Story is a graduate trainee at the Wellcome Trust and Editor of ThInK.

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