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American Brain Foundation Gala in Toronto to Recognize Breakthroughs in Brain Disease Research, Celebrate Advocates

Commitment to Cures 2020

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Jane Ransom, Executive Director, American Brain Foundation
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Minneapolis – Today, the American Brain Foundation (ABF) announced Commitment to Cures 2020, its annual fundraising and awards gala to acknowledge and celebrate game-changing advances in brain disease research.

The gala will be held at Hilton Toronto on April 29, 2020, from 6-9:00 p.m., with a reception, dinner, and awards presentation. Jim Cramer, host of CNBC’s Mad Money, will emcee the evening. The ticketed event, attended by many of the world’s preeminent leaders in neurology, is open to the public.

“For the past 10 years, Commitment to Cures has raised awareness about brain diseases and disorders and critical funding to support and advance research,” said David W. Dodick, MD, ABF board chair and Professor of Neurology at Mayo Clinic’s College of Medicine (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Director of the Headache Program and Sport Neurology and Concussion Program at Mayo.

“We’re delighted to recognize and award the milestone achievements of researchers in the field and celebrate ambassadors for brain disease research. Collectively, their leadership has brought advances in treatments and hopes for a cure to millions of people around the world,” said Dr. Dodick.

At the gala, five awards will be presented:

  1. Ambassador Award to Jim Cramer, host of CNBC’s Mad Money, for advocacy for migraine research and awareness.
  2. Public Leadership in Neurology Award to Emilia Clarke, actor, for advocacy for stroke rehabilitation.
  3. Commitment to Cures Award to Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, for advocacy for concussion awareness.
  4. Scientific Breakthrough Award to University of Calgary’s Michael D. Hill, MD, Andrew M. Demchuk, MD, and Mayank Goyal, MD, for advances in stroke neurology.
  5. Board Chair Award to Catherine M. Rydell, CAE, for her leadership and impact for the American Brain Foundation and as CEO of the American Academy of Neurology.

Annually, Commitment to Cures is convened in conjunction with the American Academy of Neurology’s Annual Meeting, which attracts 15,000 professionals in the neurology and neuroscience fields from across North America and Canada. While this year’s events convene in Toronto, past events have been held in Philadelphia (2019), Los Angeles (2018), and Boston (2017).

The American Brain Foundation promotes and invests in research across the whole spectrum of brain disease and believes that when a cure is found for one brain disease, we will cure many. ABF’s Commitment to Cures 2020 organizers aim to sell out the event at 750 guests and raise more than $250,000 to fund brain disease research.

For more information and to register, purchase a ticket or table, or become a corporate sponsor, click here.

About the American Brain Foundation:
The American Brain Foundation brings researchers and donors together to cure brain diseases and disorders. To learn more, visit our website and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.