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OUR VISION AND MISSION

Life without brain disease

For 30 years, we have funded research across a broad spectrum of brain and nervous system diseases and disorders in the pursuit of improved treatments, prevention, and cures. We focus on the full spectrum of brain diseases and disorders because we believe that when we cure one disease, we will cure many. 

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We have granted nearly 45 million dollars to researchers

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We have provided funding and scholarships to nearly 300 researchers

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Over 85% of our researchers have gone on to secure funding from the NIH and other national funders

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32 scientists are actively undertaking innovative studies across multiple diseases

DRIVEN TO FIND A CURE

About the American Brain Foundation

We bring together the most respected researchers, brain disease organizations  and individual donors to achieve our shared goals. Our founder and research partner is the American Academy of Neurology.

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Cure One, Cure Many

Our whole-brain approach recognizes the interconnectedness of brain diseases and supports innovation through research by the best and brightest in the field of neurology. By examining the whole brain, we get the whole picture, and we know that when we cure one brain disease, we will cure many. 

Brain Disease’s Impact

There are over 1 billion people across the globe whose lives are impacted by brain diseases like multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia, stroke, migraine, epilepsy, and more. Our goal is to bring that number to zero. 

Funding Brain Disease Research

Through programs like our Next Generation Research Grants and the Cure One Cure Many research award, we are committed to funding the innovative research of early-career and established investigators, encouraging a passion for research and laying the groundwork for the cures of tomorrow. 

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Together, we can outsmart brain disease. Make your donation today to help make life without brain disease a reality. 

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Cure One, Cure Many Award

The American Brain Foundation’s Cure One, Cure Many Award supports breakthrough research in brain disease. The award provides large-scale, catalyst funding to the world’s top researchers who are pursuing the most innovative, cross-cutting approaches to finding diagnoses, treatments, and cures for brain disease. The award targets research topics that cut across multiple disease areas.

NEXT-GENERATION RESEARCHERS

Working to Find Cures

The Next Generation Research Grants program funds and supports innovative investigations by the best and brightest early-career researchers working today to find the cures of tomorrow. We support their research across a broad spectrum of the brain and nervous system as they tackle things like identifying and treating ALS, developing treatments for Parkinson’s disease, predicting outcomes for TBI patients, and more. 

BRAIN DISEASES AND DISORDERS

Brain Diseases From A-Z

Brain disease comes in many different forms and goes by many different names. It affects the lives of one in six people worldwide, in addition to the lives of their family, friends, and caregivers. Learn more about the diseases and disorders that affect the brain and nervous system, including ALS, dementia, brain tumors, headache, stroke, and more.

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Brain & Life®

Brain & Life is a website and free magazine backed by the neurologists of the American Academy of Neurology. Visit to read compelling stories and get useful tips about brain health and living well with a neurologic disorder, and to subscribe to the magazine.

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News and Articles

Discover the latest news in brain disease research, hear stories from people affected by brain disease and their caregivers, read up on brain disease-specific information, and more.

Environmental Toxins and Parkinson’s Disease

Can pesticides and air pollution cause Parkinson’s disease? Learn about environmental factors linked to Parkinson’s and how reducing harmful chemicals may help prevent the disease. The prevalence of Parkinson’s has doubled…
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Visionary Leader Joins American Brain Foundation as Executive Director

MINNEAPOLIS, MN Feb. 20, 2024 – The American Brain Foundation (ABF) is pleased to welcome a new executive director to its leadership team, Michelle Heritage. Michelle has contributed more than…
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What Are Biomarkers and How Do They Impact Brain Disease Research?

Biomarkers are crucial to diagnosing brain diseases and developing new treatments. Learn about types of biomarkers and how they drive research progress. Biomarkers have played a big role in some of…
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How Does Assistive Technology Help People Living With Brain Disease?

Assistive technology can help people with disabilities due to brain disease maintain or improve their quality of life. Learn how research is driving advancements in different types of assistive technology…
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Disease Connections: Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

How are Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease connected, and how does Parkinson’s disease dementia differ from Alzheimer’s? Learn about key similarities and differences between these two neurodegenerative diseases.  Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s…
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An Atlas of the Brain: Researchers Unveil the Most Detailed Brain Maps Ever

Researchers have developed a new “brain atlas” that maps over 3,000 different types of brain cells. Find out how this new high-res brain map will aid in diagnosing and treating…
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Alzheimer’s Disease in Latino Communities Highlights Disparities in Brain Health Care

Latino individuals are more likely to have Alzheimer’s disease but less likely to receive the appropriate diagnosis and care. Learn how researchers are working to bridge these disparities in brain…
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The Progress of Brain Research: How Many Small Steps Eventually Lead to Breakthroughs

The need for research is urgent, but scientific progress is often slow. Learn more about the timeline of brain research and how incremental progress leads to breakthroughs. At the American Brain…
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Starting Over After Two Traumatic Brain Injuries: Genevieve’s Story

Genevieve experienced two severe traumatic brain injuries years apart. She shares how she persevered even when it meant relearning how to walk and speak.   An estimated 1.7 million people experience a…
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