"Iran ranks first in the field of neurosciences in the region," Deputy Health Minister for Research and Technology Shahin Akhoundzadeh said on Wednesday.
He added that Iran also ranks 21st in the world in neurosciences, and asked for more investment by the government to develop this vital area of medical science in the country.
Iran has made rapid progress in developing different branches of science in recent years.
Iranian Vice-President for Scientific and Technological Affairs Sorena Sattari underlined in August that his country had made huge progress in developing its scientific power.
"Perhaps, Iran is identified with its oil and gas resources but in recent years, three important scientific waves started in the country, including a scientific wave at universities, setting up knowledge-based companies and development of these companies," Sattari said.
He termed Iran’s scientific growth as ‘outstanding and significant’, and added, “Iran has a fast-paced scientific development and growth both in regional and international levels in a way that the country is ranked 15th in the world in terms of production of science.”
Emerging and newly-fledgling companies in Iran have been turned into competent and able companies, Sattari said, adding, "Innovation and accelerator centers are on the verge of considerable growth in socioeconomic terms."
The country is home to more than 4,000 knowledge-based companies, offering quality scientific services to industrial and production units, he reiterated.
Sattari urged government officials to take effective steps for protecting rights of consumers and training the most experienced and competent manpower within the framework of rules and regulations.