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.


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 33 million dollars to researchers

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We have provided funding and scholarships to over 270 researchers


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


25 scientists are actively undertaking innovative studies in over 10 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.

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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.

Learning the Signs and Symptoms of Brain Disease

Knowing the Signs and Symptoms of Brain Disease

Our recent webinar explained the signs, symptoms, and risk factors of various brain diseases while emphasizing the importance of early detection in prevention and treatment. Brain disease impacts 1 in 6…
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May Brain Health News Round Up

May Brain News Round-Up

Recent brain disease research has uncovered a potentially groundbreaking link between multiple neurodegenerative diseases. Plus, learn how insights into memory formation and antibodies may lead to more effective treatment options…
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History of Brain Disease Research

History of Brain Disease Research: 6 Incredible Advancements

One research discovery has the potential to drive many more breakthroughs. Below we explore six groundbreaking discoveries that have changed the course of brain disease research and treatment.   At the American…
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Research in Parkinson's Disease Webinar

Research in Parkinson’s Disease: What’s Giving Us Hope?

New research explores the possibilities biomarkers offer in early detection, accurate diagnosis, and effective treatment for Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease affects nearly 1 million people in the United States. We expect…
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April News Round Up, 2022

April Brain News Round-Up: New Links Between Stress, Emotions, and Brain Disease

New research offers greater insight into how brain diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s may be linked to brain chemistry and emotions. In this month’s news roundup, we’re excited to share five…
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Dr. Stephen L. Hauser

Stephen L. Hauser, MD: Career-Long Dedication Leads to Breakthrough Research in Multiple Sclerosis

Dr. Hauser is a renowned neuroimmunologist who has dedicated his career to advancing the understanding of multiple sclerosis. The American Brain Foundation prioritizes research across the whole brain, because we know…
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Challenging Dystonia to a Duel

Challenging Dystonia: A Story of Transformation and Perseverance

After dystonia changed his life, Tom S. was determined to turn his obstacles into opportunities and dedicated himself to helping others navigate similar health challenges. Tom S. was living a busy…
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Why Sleep Matters for Brain Health

Why Sleep Is Important for Brain Health

A neurologist and sleep medicine specialist explain how sleep impacts our brain health and how to regulate our circadian rhythms for optimal sleep. It’s estimated that at least 50 million Americans…
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ABF C2C 2022 Award winners

Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen to Accept Award at Commitment to Cures on April 6 in Support of Brain Disease Research

MINNEAPOLIS, MARCH 9, 2022 – The American Brain Foundation’s (ABF) annual Commitment to Cures gala will take place on April 6 in Seattle, WA to celebrate the researchers and advocates…
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