This fall, Knowing Neurons celebrates our ten-year anniversary! We’ve come a long way since our organization was first founded in 2012 by a group of five neuroscience PhD students from the University of California Los Angeles and the University of Southern California. In these ten years, our core team has grown to over 50 members passionate about neuroscience communication, and we now represent 8 countries across the globe.
Our very first articles, published in the autumn of 2012, explained the neuroscience of sweets cravings and provided a primer on the brain’s reward pathways. These early articles and short blog posts focused on essential neuroscience basics in order to make neuroscience accessible to anyone interested in the brain. Since those early days of Knowing Neurons, we have maintained this core focus. At the same time, we have also expanded our scope to reviewing books about the brain, explaining cutting-edge findings across the neurosciences, discussing neuropolicy, and releasing a steady stream of easily digestible infographics. In the process, we have published a whopping 587 posts!
Although high-quality neuroscience articles and infographics remain the bread and butter of Knowing Neurons, we have added several new science outreach projects to our repertoire in recent years. These include a podcasting team, a collaborative translation and outreach initiative, and, most recently, an in-progress neuroscience comic book – led by our creative illustration team – to educate the public about autism.
Our work has been twice recognized by the Society for Neuroscience through their Next Generation Award – once in 2016 for innovation in neuroscience communication, and again just this November for our flourishing translation project, which has translated 71 articles and infographics into Spanish with the ultimate goal of making neuroscience accessible to everyone. This year, we reached another huge milestone in becoming an officially-registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
As we look forward to the next decade, we thank our brilliant colleagues before us for creating this incredible platform. We have a lot of ideas up our sleeves, and we can’t wait to see what Knowing Neurons can do in the next ten years!
— Lauren Wagner & Arielle Hogan
Our team now represents 8 countries from around the globe!
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