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    There can be no cures without research.
    Your gift invests in research to improve
    treatments and find cures for not just one
    disease, but across the whole spectrum
    of brain disease. And thanks to a generous
    donor, all gifts to the American Brain
    Foundation will be matched, dollar-for-dollar,
    until December 31, 2024, up to $500,000.

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A Message from Executive Director Michelle Heritage

Executive Director Michelle Heritage shares her personal connection to brain disease, what brought her to the American Brain Foundation, and the importance of understanding how common brain disease is.

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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. 


We have granted nearly 45 million dollars to researchers


We have provided funding and scholarships to nearly 300 researchers


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


32 scientists are actively undertaking innovative studies across multiple diseases


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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Brain Disease’s Impact
Funding Brain Disease Research
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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.


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 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.


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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We need your help to continue to fund brain research projects and find cures. Stand with us in the fight against brain diseases and disorders.

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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.

The Importance of Finding Nothing

Big scientific breakthroughs may get all the attention, but discovering “nothing” is surprisingly important. Learn why research with results that don’t support its hypothesis has a significant impact on the…
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Rapid Eye Movement Behavior Sleep Disorder: One Person’s Journey to Delay Neurodegenerative Disease

Ray lives each day knowing that a neurodegenerative disease like Parkinson’s is in his future. But he is determined to be part of the work toward preventive treatment. When Ray started…
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Two Well-Known Writers Share Diagnoses of Aggressive Brain Cancer

Brain cancer can affect anyone. “Scary Mommy” creator Jill Smokler and “Confessions of a Shopaholic” author Sophie Kinsella share their recent diagnoses with the aggressive brain cancer glioblastoma. In April 2024,…
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The Global Prevalence of Brain Disease

Brain disease impacts billions of people around the world — and research is essential to bring that number to zero. Brain disease is a global issue, and a new study released…
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Harmony in Hospice: Maximizing Quality of Life at the End of Life

Learn about the many benefits of palliative care, from managing symptoms and reducing hospital visits to supporting caregivers and honoring end-of-life wishes. Palliative care can feel like a difficult subject, but…
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Stem Cell Research for Treating MS

Improving hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) through Dr. Danwei Wu’s research of the immune system could enhance treatment for many neurological disorders.  Dr. Danwei Wu is a Neuroimmunology Fellow at Stanford…
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Neuroinflammation and Alzheimer’s Disease

Find out how neuroinflammation is linked to the most common cause of dementia and why more research on this topic is critical. Approximately 6.9 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s…
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Celebrating the 2024 Commitment to Cures Gala

At the 2024 Commitment to Cures Fundraising Gala, we raised essential funds that will support brain disease research, heard inspiring stories from people directly impacted by brain disease, and celebrated…
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ALS vs. MS: What’s the Difference Between These Two Brain Diseases?

ALS and MS have similar symptoms, which means research discoveries about one brain disease can help us understand the other—but there are also some notable differences. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and…
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