Thanks for the quick history of the Society! You cannot believe the overwhelming sense of relief that I have knowing that we’re on the same page. Now, what do I believe we can do to provide the most benefit to students who may be interested in neuroscience research? Well, first of all, I believe that these students desire to interact with like-minded colleagues. Given the limited number of students interested in neuroscience research, I certainly believe that it would be beneficial to create and support a network for those few students that would allow them to discuss their research interests with each other as well as with experienced researchers in the field. It is crucial that these students find a mentor with whom they share similar interests. The most valuable opportunity for students is the ability to actively participate in a laboratory environment where they can gain practical hands-on experience. This, of course, is an essential component to students who may be thinking about pursuing an advanced degree. The creation of a network may help facilitate these opportunities. I think this would be a good start, but a pre-requisite to its success would have to involve clever ways of making the Society and its mission visible to these students. Of course, I have all sorts of other ideas that would be contingent upon funding and how much interest is garnered from our initial efforts. Let me know your thoughts.
Brian, I am working on it! Since much work and resources are going to be needed to organize this group, I feel we should take a little more time in exactly determining what would best support the chiropractic profession. It may be more beneficial to the profession to not limit the organization to neuroscientists. Perhaps we should be creating The International Society for Chiropractic Research, and The International Society for Neuroscience in Chiropractic would then be a chapter of the larger parent organization. Then the organization could act as global directory and database for all chiropractic researchers. This may not take much more work and may be more appealing for support from colleges, chiropractic associations, and practicing clinicians. Essentially we could continue the role of FCER, but I would suggest that we solely concentrate on research and leave education to another organization. What are your thoughts?