Archives: Successes

Brian Litt, M.D.

Could a child with epilepsy be given a pill containing an all-but invisible therapeutic device programmed to travel to specific cells in his brain and, once there, be “pinged” into action to repair the damaged cells? Quite possibly, says Brian Litt, M.D.

We believe that treatments with nanodevices have the potential to dramatically improve treatment of some of the most common neurological and psychiatric illnesses by addressing the underlying causes. Brian Litt, M.D. Epilepsy and many other common brain disorders are caused by localized problems ...

Peter Penzes, Ph.D

2011 BRF Seed Grant Leads to $3 Million in NIH Funding

Exactly why autism occurs in one child and not another is unknown to scientists, although scientific evidence suggests that autism may be caused by a malfunction of the connections, or synapses, between brain cells.

Jeff Beeler, Ph.D., Xiaoxi Zhuang, Ph.D.

BRF Funding Advances Science and Research Careers

As National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding has dropped by one-third over the past ten years, research support from non-profit organizations like the Brain Research Foundation has become more critical than ever. Tomorrow’s major breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of neurologic...

Peter Penzes, Ph.D.

Insight from Dr. Penzes’ research work to help scientists understand how connections in brain cells are disrupted in autism, and may uncover a viable therapeutic target that has real potential as an orally administered drug.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a physical condition that affects children at an alarmingly high rate. One in 110 children will be diagnosed with autism. Abnormal social interaction, language difficulties and repetitive actions are all characteristics of autistic behavior. Autism also impairs a...

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