findings will underscore for this audience the importance of increasing the integration of information technology and computer science with neuroscience in particular and with the biomedical research enterprise in general. In addition, the report is aimed toward working scientists to foster an understanding of the benefits to be gained by using these resources in their own research and by sharing their results. As we enter the Decade of the Brain, the committee believes that an exciting opportunity exists to harness computer and information technology for the enhancement of neuroscience research. The advantages to be derived from seizing this opportunity include accelerated progress in understanding and treating neurological and mental illness, brain and spinal cord injury, and developmental deficits.



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