The Importance of Neurological Research in Everyday Life 

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. 

Our Successes

Aimee Kao, M.D., Ph.D.
BRF Accelerates a Lab and Career
Dr. Aimee Kao generates human cell lines to model neurodegenerative disorders The BRF Seed Grant was crucial in establishing us as a lab that is leading the work on neuroregeneration…
Ravi Allada, M.D.
Sleep Disorders and Neurodegenerative Diseases
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…
Dr. Krishnan, Ph.D.
High Impact
“The BRF Scientific Innovations Award allowed us to do bold, transformative work for which there was no precedent. I am grateful that BRF takes risks on innovation.”
Dr. Nicholas Hatsopoulos
From the Lab to the Patient
In 2002 Dr. Nicholas Hatsopoulos, Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy at The University of Chicago, was awarded his first $25,000 seed grant. His lab set out to understand the…

Our Grants

Brain Research Foundation
Sarah C. Goetz, Ph.D., Duke University
Uncovering a Novel Role for Primary Cilia in Eph/Ephrin Signaling in Neurons
2022 Seed GrantSarah C. Goetz, Ph.D. Duke University Women’s Council Seed Grant Primary cilia are tiny projections from cells that function like an antenna- they receive and may also send…
Brain Research Foundation
Erin M. Gibson, Ph.D., Stanford University
Circadian Regulation of Oligodendroglial Senescence and Metabolomics in Aging
2022 Seed GrantErin M. Gibson, Ph.D.Stanford University The brain consists of two main classes of cells, neurons and glia. Glia make-up more than half of the cells in the brain…
Brain Research Foundation
Yvette Fisher, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Dynamic Modulation of Synaptic Plasticity During Spatial Exploration
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…
Brain Research Foundation
Byoung Il Bae, Ph.D., University of Connecticut
Unique Vulnerability of Developing Human Cerebral Cortex to Loss of Centrosomal Protein
2022 Seed GrantByoung Il Bae, Ph.D.University of Connecticut Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation Seed Grant The cerebral cortex is the largest and outermost part of the human brain. It is…

Innovation Awards

Brain Research Foundation
Angelique Bordey, Ph.D., Yale University
The Role of Ribosomes in Synaptic Circuit Formation and Socio-Communicative Deficits
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 Research Foundation
Adam E. Cohen, Ph.D., Harvard University
To spike or not to spike? Mapping dendritic computations in vivo.
The brain is made of neurons, and neurons convert synaptic inputs to spiking outputs. How does a neuron decide when to spike?
Brain Research Foundation
Gina Turrigiano, Ph.D., Brandeis University
Homeostatic Maintenance of Neocortical Excitation-inhibition Balance by Ciliary Neuropeptidergic Signaling
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…
Brain Research Foundation
Gregory Scherrer, Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mechanisms of Affective States and Drug Discovery at the Intersection of Chronic Pain and Opioid Addiction
Pain is normally a sensation that we experience when our body is exposed to damaging stimuli, such as the noxious heat of an open flame. However, when chronic, pain becomes…

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