Understanding the function and dysfunction of the brain remains one of the key challenges of our time. However, an overwhelming majority of brain research is carried out in the Global North, by a minority of well-funded and intimately interconnected labs. In contrast, with an estimated one neuroscientist per million people in Africa, news about neuroscience research from the Global South remains sparse. Clearly, devising new policies to boost Africa’s neuroscience landscape is imperative. However, the policy must be based on accurate data, which is largely lacking. Such data must reflect the extreme heterogeneity of research outputs across the continent’s 54 countries. We have analysed all of Africa’s Neuroscience output over the past 21 years and uniquely verified the work performed in African laboratories. Our unique dataset allows us to gain accurate and in-depth information on the current state of African Neuroscience research, and to put it into a global context. The key findings from this work and recommendations on how African research might best be supported in the future will be discussed.
Dr Mahmoud Bukar Maina
Research Fellow, Sussex Neuroscience, UK.
Outreach Coordinator, TReND in Africa.
Founder of Science Communication Hub Nigeria and African Science Literacy Network.
Dr Pauline Essah
Senior Manager for Global Health, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), UK.
Dr Thomas Tagoe
Lecturer, University of Ghana.
Co-founder, GH. Scientific.
Member, IBRO-African Regional Committee.
Dr Raliza Stoyanova
Science Portfolio Manager (Neuroscience & Mental Health), Wellcome Trust.
Former Lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.