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.

    you can make a difference

    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.


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    We are proud to offer a wide range of events on topics across the spectrum of the human brain. We humbly invite you to join our upcoming live events as well as watch recordings of previous conversations.


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. 


We have granted over 34 million dollars to researchers

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We have provided funding and scholarships to nearly 300 researchers


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


29 scientists are actively undertaking innovative studies in 15 different disease areas


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.


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.

Together, we can build a future without brain disease.


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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.

Understanding Caregiving

Understanding Caregiving & How to Support Caregivers

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Gene Therapy for Brain Disease

September Brain News Round-Up

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Receiving a Brain Disease Diagnosis

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Caring for Someone With Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Learn five important ways caregivers can help their loved ones with SMA while also making time for their own wellness. August is Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month. Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)…
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ALSP: A Family’s Journey With a Rare Brain Disease

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August Brain News Round-Up

New brain disease research reveals promising early diagnosis and treatment methods for diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. In this month’s brain news roundup, we look at how exciting new research is…
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Concussions in Sports

Learn about what’s being done to reduce and treat concussions in sports as well as the innovative research and policy changes that are making a difference. Sports-related concussions are a major…
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World Brain Day: 4 Simple Ways to Support Brain Health

In honor of this year’s World Brain Day, we’re sharing four simple ways to nurture your own brain health every day. This year, July 22 marks the 9th annual World Brain…
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July Brain News Round-Up

The latest brain disease research shows hope is on the horizon for treating and preventing brain disease. In this month’s roundup, learn about how research is helping scientists develop new approaches…
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