Past events


Since our inception, the Brain Research Foundation has played a vital role in advancing the field of neuroscience. Here, you can take a look at some of our past events to get a sense of what we’ve been up to.


2010 Neuroscience Day

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.

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Society for Neuroscience 39th Annual Meeting

The Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting is the primary yearly opportunity for neuroscience researchers to introduce and share their work and to meet their colleagues from around the world. The meeting provides thousands of research abstracts, lectures, symposia, workshops, and other events, and will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center. Find more details about the meeting here.
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2014 Neuroscience Day

The 14th Annual Neuroscience Day was held on Friday, January 17, 2014 at the Lurie Medical Research Center of Northwestern University, located at 303 E. Superior Street, Chicago, IL (at the corner of Fairbanks and Superior).PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE CHANGE FROM PAST YEARSNeuroscience 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.
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2013 Neuroscience Day

The 13th Annual Neuroscience Day was held on Friday, January 18, 2013. 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.

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2010 Annual Discovery Dinner

On November 1, Abbott, represented by its Chairman and CEO Miles White, received the Frederic Gibbs Discovery Award from the Brain Research Foundation.

 

Dr. Frederic Gibbs helped found the Brain Research Foundation in 1953. This award honors companies and individuals that understand the need for neuroscience research and education.

 


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2011 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle

Advance neuroscience research by sponsoring a runner today. Please list the runners name through the "In Honor of..." feature of the payment form. The Brain Research Foundation will be happy to let the runner know of your participation. Please proceed to the Make a Difference page to make your donation. Thank you.

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2012 Neuroscience Day

The Brain Research Foundation hosted the 12th Annual Neuroscience Day on Friday, January 20, 2012.  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. 

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2012 White Sox Event

Join the Associate Board of the Brain Research Foundation for some springtime fun at US Cellular Field. The Chicago White Sox will take on the Minnesota Twins on May 22, 2012 at 7:10pm. 

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2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Advance neuroscience research by sponsoring a runner today. Please list the runners name through the "In Honor of..." feature of the payment form. The Brain Research Foundation will be happy to let the runner know of your participation. Please proceed to the Make a Difference page to make your donation. Thank you.

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2011 Rockin on the River

Spend a Chicago summer evening riverside with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and the music of Dr. Bombay.
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2013 White Sox Event

Join the Associate Board of the Brain Research Foundation for some springtime fun at US Cellular Field. The Chicago White Sox will take on the Boston Red Sox on May 21, 2013 at 7:10pm. Tickets are $25 and are located in sections 157-159. Please contact the BRF at info@theBRF.org or 312-759-5150 for more information or to purchase tickets. Download the flyer and join the event on Facebook!

If you cannot attend the game but would like to donate to the event, please click here.

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Advanced Concussion Training

Sponsored by the Associate Board of the Brain Research Foundation, the Chicago Concussion Coalition presents Advanced Concussion Training at the Park District of Forest Park. This event will be information and inspiration for parents, coaches, administrators, teachers, and concerned community members to keep athletes safe. 


Park District of Forest Park
7501 Harrison Street, Forest Park, IL
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
7:00—8:30 PM
Parking is FREE for all attendees

The INFORMATION AND INSPIRATION for parents, coaches, administrators, teachers, and concerned community members to keep athletes safe!

**PLEASE RSVP to Julie Schultz at julieharris80@hotmail.com 

Coalition Mission Statement
The mission of the Concussion Coalition is to work in partnership to provide student athletes in the community with the best-in- class resources available to protect them from concussions in sports. The Coalition will accomplish this mission through leveraging the existing programs of Coalition members focused on prevention, education, assessment, management, and research

Solving the Concussion Crisis - www.sportslegacy.org


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Spend a Chicago summer evening riverside with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dancing.  Join the event on Facebook for updates and conversation!

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2010 White Sox Event

Join the Associate Board of the Brain Research Foundation for some springtime fun at US Cellular Field. read more

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2011 Annual Discovery Dinner

On November 1st, the Frederic Gibbs Discovery Award from the Brain Research Foundation will be awarded to:

Virginia and Norman Bobins, for Philanthropic Leadership and
Aon Corporation, represented by its President and CEO Greg Case for Community Service

Dr. Frederic Gibbs helped found the Brain Research Foundation in 1953. This award honors companies and individuals that understand the need for neuroscience research and education.

Please join us at the dinner. Reception begins at 6:00 pm followed by dinner at 7:00 pm.
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2012 Brain Awareness Week

March 12-18, 2012
Held annually since 1996, Brain Awareness Week is sponsored by the Society for Neuroscience, the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, and more than 1200 other health and advocacy groups. Throughout the week, educational activities such as lectures and exhibits will be conducted across North America to promote public awareness of the importance of neuroscience research and its potential for enhancing the health and well-being of those affected by neurological disorders.
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2012 Ragnar Relay Chicago

Associate Board Member Jennifer Falconer has geared up and started a relay team to support the Brain Research Foundation on a 200 mile run from Madison, Wisconsin to Chicago, Illinois. On June 8-9, 2012 this group of athletic individuals will be running to support neuroscience research and educational programs. 

We are very grateful for the support of Jennifer and her teammates, and hope you will join them in their efforts by making a tax deductible donation to the Brain Research Foundation. 

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Healthy Children, Healthy Brains

The Associate Board of the
Brain Research Foundation Presents

Dr. Bennett Leventhal

“Healthy Children, Healthy Brains” 

An informative discussion on children and adolescent brain disorders including ADHD, aggressive behavior, autism, anxiety, bullying, depression and eating disorders.


Wednesday, May 1st
6pm-7:30pm

Robert Healy Elementary School 
Annex Building
3040 S. Parnell
Chicago, IL 60616

Space is limited. Please RSVP to Julie Schultz at events@thebrf.org by April 27th

Free and Open to All Adults and Parents
Street and Lot Parking Available
Light Refreshments Provided


Dr. Bennett Leventhal is the Deputy Director at the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research. Dr. Leventhal is an internationally-renowned child and adolescent psychiatrist. He is widely recognized for his leadership and expertise in fostering career development and training programs as well as collaborative research networks that focus on everything from molecular genetics to community service and public health. His direction and vision have led to the creation of nationally prominent clinical research programs that continue to shape how we study childhood psychiatric disorders. Dr. Leventhal has championed initiatives to advance research on the molecular genetics of autism, the prenatal origins of disruptive behavior disorders, and the brain mechanisms that interfere with social functioning. He also helped establish a global network of scientists who are currently investigating the origins of mental health disorders that emerge during the first few years of life.


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Rockin' on the River 2013

Spend a Chicago summer evening riverside with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dancing to the music of One Night Band. Join the event on Facebook for updates and conversation! Download the invitation here. Online ticket sales for this event are now closed. You may purchase your tickets at the door this evening. 
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Rockin' on the River 2012

Spend a Chicago summer evening riverside with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dancing with the music of One Night Band. Join the event on Facebook for updates and conversation! Download the invitation here.


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2012 Annual Discovery Dinner

On October 29th, the Frederic Gibbs Discovery Award for Philanthropic Leadership from the Brain Research Foundation will be awarded to:

for Philanthropic Leadership
Michael W. Ferro, Jr.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Merrick Ventures, LLC
Chairman, Chicago Sun Times

for Community Service
David M. Holtzman, M.D.
Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurology
Washington University School of Medicine

Dr. Frederic Gibbs helped found the Brain Research Foundation in 1953. This award honors companies and individuals that understand the need for neuroscience research and education.

Please join us at the dinner. Reception begins at 6:00 pm followed by dinner at 7:00 pm.

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FREE Science is Sexy Lecture

There is growing evidence that the human-animal bond positively influences human emotional and behavioral health, but not much is known about the biological mechanisms that underlie those benefits.  At the University of Chicago, Kristen Jacobsen, Ph.D. is at the forefront of this research to understand why dogs have such positive impacts on our health and happiness.   Dr. Jacobsen studies human-animal interaction (HAI), which is helping us better understand science behind the human bond to dogs and how it supports our neurobiological and psychological well-being. Through behavioral, genetic, and neurobiological studies, including functional MRI, Dr. Jacobsen is learning about how down time with man's best friend affects our stress hormones, what parts of the brain cause us to bond to our pooches, and even why people and their dogs behave similarly over time. 

You will have the opportunity to enjoy the company of the many therapy dogs in attendance from Canine Therapy Corps.  These gentle, brilliant dogs motivate individuals recovering from physical and emotional trauma to overcome difficult circumstances including disabilities, injuries, or other challenges by providing goal-directed, interactive therapy as part of the treatment or rehabilitation process.  There's just no way that you won't head home happier and more relaxed after petting their sweet faces.


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2013 Annual Discovery Dinner

Please reserve the evening of November 5, 2013 for the Brain Research Foundation's Annual Discovery Dinner Honoring 2013 recipients of the Frederic Gibbs Discovery Award:

Discover Financial Services, for Community Service
Accepted by David Nelms, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer 

Jeffrey S. Aronin, for Philanthropic Leadership
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Paragon Pharmaceuticals

Dinner Chairs
William E. Fay, Jr., Honorary Chair
Suzanne Kopp-Moskow and Michael Moskow
Alicia and Peter Pond

Please join us at the dinner. Reception begins at 6:00 pm followed by dinner at 7:00 pm. Download our Save the Date.

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2014 Symposium

Gene-Environment Interactions and their Role in Intervention Research
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Ann Strain Taradash Memorial Fund

Ann Strain Taradash died November 3 at her home from complications due to a stroke. She suffered from Parkinson's and white matter diseases which caused her cognitive and physical problems. Ann was an amazing mother, grandmother, wife and friend. She grew up in Dalton, Georgia, relocated to Chicago where she lived for 26 years, then returned to Georgia 18 years ago where she lived out the remainder of life. She was well known and respected for her long career in the shopping center industry.
She is preceded in death by her parents Frank & Martha Strain,  survived by her loving husband Terry Lynam, only daughter Tana Hall, daughter-in-law Kathy Henry Hall, precious granddaughter Rynn Hall and her sisters Rita Sims, Ginger Helmuth and Sarah Triton.

A celebration of her life will be held for close friends and family. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is established in her name at the Brain Research Foundation based in Chicago. Click here to Make A Donation.


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