Neuroscience excellence in Israel

Breakthroughs from an international neuroscience research powerhouse

August 28, 2023 By the Azrieli Fellows Program
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The study of the nervous system, primarily the brain, has long captivated the scientific community. Israel has established itself as a leader in this realm, making substantial advancements in research and innovation and attracting global scientific recognition in terms of funding and citations. From 2007 to 2022, for example, the European Research Council supported 599 neuroscience projects, 58 of which were Israeli, putting the country in fifth place despite its small size. Israel also achieved a 10th-place global ranking in neuroscience citations per document from 1996 to 2021, averaging 39.09 citations, as per Scimago (considering only nations with over 1,000 published papers). Here is a summary of significant contributions made by several Israeli neuroscientists spanning diverse areas: pharmacological breakthroughs, theoretical insights into brain function and therapeutic innovations.

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