Metabolic Brain Disease

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 217–220 | Cite as

Bridging the Gap: establishing the necessary infrastructure and knowledge for teaching and research in neuroscience in Africa

  • Sadiq Yusuf
  • Tom Baden
  • Lucia L. Prieto-Godino
Original Paper


Advances in neuroscience research over the last few decades have increased our understanding of how individual neurons acquire their specific properties and assemble into complex circuits, and how these circuits are affected in disease. One of the important motives driving neuroscience research is the development of new scientific techniques and interdisciplinary cooperation. Compared to developed countries, many countries on the African continent are confronted with poor facilities, lack of funding or career development programs for neuroscientists, all of which deter young scientists from taking up neuroscience as a career choice. This article highlights some steps that are being taken to promote neuroscience education and research in Africa.


Neuroscience Africa Bridge Funding 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sadiq Yusuf
    • 1
  • Tom Baden
    • 2
  • Lucia L. Prieto-Godino
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Biomedical ResearchKampala International UniversityKampalaUganda
  2. 2.Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN), Bernstein Centre for Computational Neuroscience (BCCN), Institute for Ophthalmic ResearchTübingen UniversityTübingenGermany
  3. 3.Centre for Integrative Genomics (CIG)University of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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