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BRF Funded Scientists receives Presidential Early Career Award from President Obama

Brain Research Foundation funded scientist Dr. Young-Shin Kim was one of the 102 researchers named as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers by President Obama. 


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Neuroscience Day 2014 Puts Scientific Creativity Under The Spotlight

Brain Research Foundation convenes top area neuroscientists and students for seminars and competitive poster session

It is a staggering proposition to think about a scientist starting from square one to solve a major malady, such as ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) or dementia, that involves the human body’s least understood organ, the brain. How many hundreds and thousands of experiments and studies must be conducted? In what sequence should they be done? Who should collaborate on the research?  Equally daunting is the challenge to find original avenues for science following decades of work in a specific area.


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2014 Neuroscience Day

The Brain Research Foundation hosts 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. There is no fee to attend this event. Read more and sign up.


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Brain Research Foundation Discovery Dinner Celebrates 60th Anniversary By Raising $1 Million With Help From Chicago Bear Gary Fencik

A dinner that celebrated 60 years of growth and dramatic scientific success received an assist from heralded retired Chicago Bear Gary Fencik. Guest speaker Fencik used his time at the podium to detail how many of his 1985 Super Bowl Bears teammates reveled in the sport but some now struggle with the physical and cognitive consequences. He concluded his remarks by joining a host of other supporters whose contributions pushed total proceeds for the event to just over $1 million.


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Congratulations to our 2013 Seed Grant Winners!

In 2013, the Brain Research Foundation Seed Grant Program funded critical research in 12 areas of neuroscience. Click on a topic below, or visit our Current Research page to learn more about the studies and how they’ll contribute to the field of neuroscience.
 
Since 1981 the Brain Research Foundation has awarded 582 Seed Grants for a total of $10.2 million in funding. To make a contribution to support neuroscience research today, please click on our donate link. To read about past studies, please visit our Research Archive.


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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 […]


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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! Online ticket sales for this event are now closed. You may purchase your tickets at the door this evening. 


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ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Breakthrough Underscores Importance of Collaboration to Brain Research

As the result of a major breakthrough by researchers at Northwestern University’s School of Medicine, researchers studying amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, are now one step closer to unlocking the nature of ALS. The recent discovery, which for the first time identified a gene both in motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord affected by ALS, offers a glimpse of hope to those who currently suffer from the deadly disease which rapidly breaks down their bodies while leaving mental capacity intact.


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Brain Research Foundation to Promote Healthier Brains Through Exercise And Concussion Prevention at Prairie State Cycling Series

Foundation targets slowing cognitive decline via exercise and making riders of all ages safer through proper helmet use. 
 
Brain Research Foundation (BRF) and Prairie State Cycling Series announced that BRF will use the 2013 cycling series in the Chicago area to promote key educational initiatives around brain health. The series will be in eight locations or stages throughout the area over two weeks in July and is expected to draw substantial crowds of spectators and participants to the event.


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Healthy Children, Healthy Brains

Sponsored by the Associate Board of the Brain Research Foundation, internationally-renowned child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Bennett Leventhal lectures on “Healthy Children, Healthy Brain”. This event will be an informative discussion on children and adolescent brain disorders including ADHD, aggressive behavior, autism, anxiety, bullying, depression and eating disorders. Read More


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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.


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Brain Research Foundation’s Annual Neuroscience Day Lectures Focus on Autism

Brain Research Foundation’s 13th Annual Neuroscience Day Draws Chicago-area Researchers Together To Discuss New Research Through Presentations and Lectures.
 
The 2013 Neuroscience Day hosted by the Brain Research Foundation (BRF) in late January was a great success with 50 researchers competing for a financial award in two categories and a full afternoon of lectures focused on autism, which notably included two former BRF Seed Grant winners.


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BRF Raised Over $650,000 for Research and Education at the 2012 Discovery Dinner

More than 250 guests attended the Brain Research Foundation’s Discovery Dinner at the Four Seasons on Monday, October 29th.  The annual dinner was chaired by BRF Trustees Suzanne M. Kopp-Moskow and John Mabie with their spouses Michael Moskow and Martha Mabie. Rob Johnson, BRF Trustee and CBS2 News Anchor, kept the evening lively and the audience engaged as Master of Ceremonies.


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Scientific Innovations Award Winners

In January 2013, the Brain Research Foundation announced the winners of its 2nd annual Scientific Innovations Award (SIA). The award was established to support ground-breaking research being done by distinguished investigators. The Foundation awarded two SIAs which are two-year grants totaling $150,000 each. The 2013 winners of the SIA are: 
 
Jean Hébert, Ph.D.
Department of Neuroscience
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
 
Brian Litt, M.D.
Department of Neurology
University of Pennsylvania 


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Seed Grant’s Worldwide Success: Advancing Science One Gene at a Time

Twenty years ago the BRF funded Dr. Kári Stefánsson’s research. Since then he has been advancing science one gene at a time. 
 
When I first read the article in the New York Times on a researcher from Iceland, the name, Kári Stefánsson, seemed familiar. So I wasn’t too surprised to find out that I knew the name because the BRF awarded Dr. Stefánsson several Fay/Frank Seed Grant Awards from 1982 to 1993…


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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. 

Tickets are not available online, and must be purchased through the BRF or an Associate Board Member. Please contact us at info@theBRF.org or 312-759-5150 for more information or to purchase tickets. For additional details, 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 herePlease make sure to click “other” and indicate “White Sox” on the second page of the donation form.


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2013 Neuroscience Day

The Brain Research Foundation hosts the 13th Annual Neuroscience Day 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. Read more and sign up.


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Brain Research Foundation Funded Researcher Awarded $6.7 Million

Dr. Ravi Allada Leads Investigation into Effects of Sleep Cycles on Age-Related Neurodegeneration
 
Using findings generated from research funded by a 2011 $40,000 Brain Research Foundation (BRF) seed grant, Dr. Ravi Allada was awarded a $6.7 million grant to continue work on the effects of circadian rhythms on neurodegeneration. “The data generated with the BRF Seed Grant now allows us to broaden our scope and examine the interaction between metabolic, circadian and aging timers relevant to processes such as age-related neurodegeneration,” stated Dr. Allada Department of Neurobiology Chair at Northwestern University. 


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Brain Research Foundation Discovery Dinner Panel Addresses the Risk of Cognitive Impairment

The Brain Research Foundation conducted an expert panel on delaying cognitive impairment which includes dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The distinguished participants are recognized experts on the subject and leaders in neurological science: 
 
James A. Mastrianni, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Chicago 
Robert S. Wilson, Ph.D.
Professor of Neurological Sciences and Behavioral Sciences at Rush University
Robert J. Vassar, Ph.D.
Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology at Northwestern University


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Brain Research Foundation Announces 2012 Frederic A. Gibbs Discovery Award Recipients

Merrick Venture’s Michael W. Ferro, Jr. 
Honored for Philanthropic Leadership
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Washington University’s David M. Holtzman, M.D. 
Honored for Community Leadership
 
The Brain Research Foundation (BRF) announced that the 2012 recipients of the Frederic A. Gibbs Discovery Award will be Michael W. Ferro Jr. and David M. Holtzman, M.D.


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