Areas of Study

After six decades of supporting brain research, the Brain Research Foundation and its mission continue to adapt and grow to fund the most effective research within the ever-advancing fields of science. When the Foundation began in 1953, we were supporting “brain research.” Since then our areas of support, our fundraising, and our vision have all expanded.

We believe a broad scope of research is the best way to reach our goal—a thorough understanding of how the human brain functions and how the nervous system develops throughout life.

Some Examples of Areas of Research BRF Funds

  • AIDS dementia
  • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • aggressive disorder
  • alcoholism
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • anorexia nervosa
  • anxiety disorders
  • arteriovenous malformation
  • Asperger syndrome
  • attention deficit disorder
  • autism
  • Batten disease
  • Bell’s palsy
  • bipolar disorder
  • brain development
  • brain tumors
  • bulimia
  • cerebral palsy
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
  • conduct disorder
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
  • Dandy-Walker syndrome
  • depression
  • Down syndrome
  • drug abuse
  • eating disorders
  • epilepsy
  • Fragile X syndrome
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • head injury
  • hemifacial spasm
  • Huntington’s disease
  • learning disability
  • manic-depressive illness
  • meningitis
  • mental retardation
  • migraine headaches
  • motor neuron disease
  • multiple sclerosis
  • muscular dystrophy
  • myasthenia gravis
  • narcolepsy
  • nicotine addiction
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • panic disorder
  • Parkinson's disease
  • pervasive developmental disorders
  • Pick's disease
  • restless legs syndrome
  • Rett syndrome
  • ruptured brain aneurysm
  • schizophrenia
  • sleep apnea
  • spinal cord injury
  • spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)
  • stroke
  • substance abuse disorders
  • suicide
  • Tay-Sachs disease
  • torsion dystonia
  • Tourette syndrome
  • transient ischemic attack (TIA)
  • trigeminal neuralgia
  • tuberous sclerosis