Research Matters

In recent years, research has advanced understanding of how the brain works. With this new knowledge, neurologists are finding new treatments and cures for neurologic diseases. For example, research breakthroughs now allow neurologists to treat stroke patients with clot busting medication proven to reduce deaths and decrease disability.

Research has also produced medications that relieve migraines, slow the progression of multiple sclerosis, and improve movement of people with Parkinson's disease. These are just a few of the advances gained from research that are improving the lives of millions of men and women around the world who are living with neurologic disorders.

In the last two decades, the American Brain Foundation has raised more than $16 million dollars for neurologic research. The following video highlights the need to raise more support for research in the face of a diverse array of disorders.

Make a Donation

If you are interested in making a donation to the American Brain Foundation to support research in neurology, please consider some of the ways to give through a one-time gift or your estate plan:

  • Buy a Brain for $5, $10, or $25 to support clinical research training fellowships in stroke, headache, epilepsy, Alzheimer's/dementia, and more
  • Scholarships for medical students and residents to attend the AAN Annual Meeting science and education programs
  • Multiple Sclerosis Endowed Research Fund
  • General Endowed Research Fund
  • Create your own named fund for a purpose about which you care deeply
  • The area of greatest need

Learn more about how you can help fund important research by visiting the The American Brain Foundation campaign page.

Make Your Voice Heard

To keep research advancing toward future cures and treatments, it's important for people affected by neurologic disorders to advocate for additional research funding. Contact your members of Congress and ask them to support neurology research. Your voice can make a difference.

Help Fund Important Research

Making a donation to the American Brain Foundation is another way to show your support and help fund possible future preventions, treatments—or even cures. When you make a donation to the American Brain Foundation, 100 percent of your gift goes to fund research on stroke, epilepsy, ALS, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, autism, and other neurologic disorders. The American Brain Foundation funds training fellowships to young researchers including:

  • Clinical Research Training Fellowships
    Mentored awards designed for relatively new investigators in the early-to-mid stages of their training to support clinical research training in the neurosciences.
  • Clinician-Scientist Development Awards
    Three-year awards to support clinical research leading to discovery of new therapies in specific disease areas.
  • Practice Research Training Fellowships
    Two-year awards to support training in clinical practice research and intended to create unique training opportunities, previously difficult to access for neurologists.

The American Brain Foundation increased available fellowships to 14 in 2010. These new fellowships were made possible due to a generous gift from the AAN and the American Brain Foundation Corporate Roundtable, which shares with the American Brain Foundation a strong commitment to the future of neurology and the importance of research.

Learn more about the American Brain Foundation.