Current Programs

2015 Neuroscience Day

The Brain Research Foundation hosts the 15th Annual Neuroscience Day on Friday, January 23, 2015.  Neuroscience Day is an annual event sponsored by the Brain Research Foundation that introduces new, exciting research through poster presentations and lectures. This unique forum encourages scientific interaction among universities and gives the Chicago-area neuroscience community a chance to meet and share interests in an informal setting. There is no fee to attend this event. Read more and sign up.
Neuroscience Day
The Brain Research Foundation hosted the 14th Annual Neuroscience Day on Friday, January 17, 2014. Neuroscience Day is an annual event sponsored by the Brain Research Foundation that introduces new, exciting research through poster presentations and lectures. This unique forum encourages scientific interaction among universities and gives the Chicago-area neuroscience community a chance to meet and share interests in an informal setting. view more

Winter Lecture: The Science of Sex and Attraction
The Brain Research Foundation is proud to partner with Science is Sexy to unravel the mysteries of love, sex, identity, and the brain. Who do you love, and how? Northwestern University’s Michael Bailey, Ph.D. has been asking this question for over a decade, and he’ll tell us about his research on sexual arousal, sexual orientation, and the genetics of who we are sexually. Why some people are attracted to men, others to women, and others to both men and women is a fascinating and as yet unanswered question. view more

Proper Helmet Fitting
Properly Fit Helmets Save Lives - Protect your head and brain every time you ride. Bicycle helmets only provide safety when they are properly fitted, adjusted, and worn. A bicycle crash can happen at any time. A properly fitted bicycle helmet reduces the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent and the risk of brain injury by as much as 88 percent. Helmets are the single most effective way to prevent head injuries resulting from bicycle crashes. Wearing a helmet each ride can encourage the same smart behavior in others. view more

BRF Grant to Study Concussive Events Among Grade School Children
BRF gives a $30,000 grant to fund research at the Institute for Sports Medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The grant will fund research that aims to improve pediatricians’ ability to evaluate and manage sports-related concussive injuries among young children, and guide future research regarding the diagnosis, treatment and long term effects of these events. view more

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Sports Concussion Initiative
The Brain Research Foundation (BRF) announced at its annual Gala Dinner that it will provide a $50,000 grant to fund an initiative designed to improve the Chicago Public Schools’ ability to respond to sports-related head injuries. view more

BRF Launching New Program on Sports-Related Brain Injuries
Brain injuries related to youth sports activities are of increasing concern in communities across the country. The Brain Research Foundation is launching a new educational initiative to heighten awareness about these injuries, gather expert information, and facilitate dialogue among national and international experts on how to keep children and adolescents safe. view more

New Chicago ordinance aimed at reducing sports brain injuries
When Chicago Alderman Ed Burke attended the 2010 Discovery Dinner, he learned of the national movement to adopt new laws related to the care of young athletes with head injuries, and went to work right away with his colleague Alderman Latasha Thomas to move the City of Chicago forward in adopting an ordinance to do the same. view more