OUR Belief

    No one should suffer from brain disease

    A cure for one brain disease will lead to cures for others. That’s why we invest in research across all brain diseases for better treatments, prevention, and the cures of tomorrow.

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    Make a difference today. Your gift will support the groundbreaking research
    working on the cures of tomorrow, creating hope for the millions of people
    impacted by brain disease.

OUR VISION AND MISSION

Life without brain disease

The American Brain Foundation was founded to bring researchers and donors together to cure brain diseases and disorders. For almost 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. 

$33M

We have granted over 33 million dollars to researchers

270 +

We have provided funding and scholarships to over 270 researchers

86%

86% of our researchers have gone on to secure funding from the NIH and other national funders

25

25 scientists are actively undertaking innovative studies in over 10 different disease areas

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.

Cure One, Cure Many
Brain Disease Affects 1 in 6 people
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 Affects 1 in 6 people

That’s 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.

ARTICLES AND NEWS

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.

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Research on Lewy Body Dementia Diagnosis

Using Data Sets to Improve Diagnosis of Lewy Body Dementia

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Healthcare Disparities Research

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Announcing the Goadsby Headache Research Fund

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