The brain controls everything we do and think, and we’re only starting to understand how it works. While neurological research may not be as exciting as cutting-edge smartphone technology, it’s absolutely vital to the pursuit of knowledge and treating diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or multiple sclerosis (MS). Learn more about neurological research below.
What Is Brain Research?
Brain research (or neurological research as it’s commonly referred to) is a broad term for medical, scientific, and technological studies that advance our understanding of how and why our brains function. These studies include neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, autism spectrum disorder, or Multiple Sclerosis; psychiatric disorders like anxiety or depression; sensory issues like hearing loss or (removed color) blindness; neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson’s disease or Huntington’s disease; and traumatic brain injuries.
Types of Brain Research Programs
Here at BRF, we fund a broad scope of brain research programs through our Seed Grants and our annual Scientific Innovations Award.
The funding has been used to make some amazing discoveries about the brain, from how it works, to the links between lifestyle and disorders, and important findings about medical treatment and how the brain reacts to it.
How Can You Get Involved with Funding Neuroscience Research?
There are a number of ways to support BRF in our work and continue funding for essential research programs that will aid both medical and academic methodology in the future.
Whether making a donation on our website or attending one of our events, you can be assured that the money raised by BRF goes directly to studies performed by both researchers and institutes working on the latest neurological advances.
Ravi Allada, M.D., Professor of Neurobiology at Northwestern University, is interested in the molecular mechanisms underlying circadian rhythms and their links to various clinical disorders, including insomnia, depression and even…
2022 Seed GrantYvette Fisher, Ph.D.University of California, Berkeley The Virginia (Ginny) & Roger Carlson Seed Grant Cognitive flexibility is critical for appropriately adjusting thoughts and behaviors to meet changing demands…
Our proposal aims at identifying a molecular mechanism responsible for autism-like socio-communicative defects in the developmental disorder, tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). TSC is a genetic disorder with a 30-60% incidence…
Brain circuit wiring is adjusted during adolescence to generate fully functional circuits, and this process depends on an interaction between genetics and experience. During this period of experience-dependent development, excitatory…
Gregory Scherrer, Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill