Gatherings, Salons, and Galas

American Brain Foundation Events

The American Brain Foundation is proud to offer a wide range of events on topics across the spectrum of the human brain, including in-depth discussions with neurology experts. See below for upcoming live events and recordings of past events.

2022 Virtual Events


Why Sleep Is Important for Brain Health with Phyllis C. Zee, MD, PhD
Thursday, January 20    8:00pm Eastern

Dr. Zee and Dr. David Dodick will discuss the correlation between sleep disturbance and neurodegenerative disease, including dementia and Parkinson’s. Learn about these correlations and how they are an example of the interconnectedness of the brain and our “Cure One, Cure Many” philosophy.



Know the Signs and Symptoms: MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other Brain Diseases with James C. Stevens, MD, FAAN
Wednesday, February 16    8:00pm Eastern

Noticing changes in your cognitive or physical ability, or want to learn about how a neurologist evaluates patients for specific brain diseases? Hear a real-world perspective from a practicing general neurologist on diagnosing brain diseases like MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and others.



2022 Cure One, Cure Many Award Celebration
Monday, February 21    8:00pm Eastern

Lewy body dementia (LBD) is the second leading cause of dementia, but it currently can only be definitively diagnosed by a brain autopsy after death. Our 2022 Cure One, Cure Many Award aims to change that by funding research to identify a biomarker, or diagnostic test, for LBD.

Discoveries in LBD could have implications for other similar diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, and our research partner, the American Academy of Neurology, to fund this $3 million multi-year award. Join us to hear more about this research from the award recipient and the potential impact of their research.

Registration opens January 21.


2022 Ted M. Burns Humanism in Neurology Award Celebration
Wednesday, March 16    8:00pm Eastern

The Ted Burns Award acknowledges the influence of the most benevolent and innovative in the field of neurology, celebrates neurologists whose work embodies humanism, and inspires neurologists to improve healthcare delivery and the lives of their colleagues and patients. Join us as we honor the the 2022 recipient, Barbara Giesser, MD.

Registration opens February 2.


Commitment to Cures 2022
Wednesday, April 6    10:00pm Eastern

Join us virtually for our annual Commitment to Cures gala. Get ready to hear from special guests, listen to extraordinary stories from people living with brain disease, learn about our latest studies, and more!



Receiving a Brain Disease Diagnosis: Stories about coping, inspiration, and what to expect with Ben Lenail
Wednesday, May 18    8:00pm Eastern

Registration opens April 6.


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View Past Events on YouTube

Our YouTube channel has recordings of some of our past virtual events.

Previous Events




Research in Multiple Sclerosis: What’s Giving Us Hope?
with Raymond Roos, MD, FAAN

Research in Parkinson’s Disease: What’s Giving Us Hope?
with Matthew Stern, MD

Cure One, Cure Many: The Case of Spinal Muscular Atrophy
with Jerry Mendell, MD; Robert Griggs, MD, FAAN; and Don Wood, PhD

Meet the Researchers
with the 2021 class of American Brain Foundation Next Generation Research Grant recipients

Concussion in Sport
with David W. Dodick, MD, FAAN and Sean Sansiveri

Humanism in Neurology
with John Quinlan, MD

Healing the Brain After Loss
with Lisa Shulman, MD

Research in Autism: What’s Giving us Hope?
with Shafali Jeste, MD, FAAN

Research in Dementia: New Frontiers
with John C. Morris, MD

Commitment to Cures 2021

Research in Epilepsy: What’s Giving Us Hope?
with Jacqueline French, MD, FAAN

Financial and Estate Planning 101
with Martin Shenkman, CPA, MBA, PFS, AEP, JD

This Hits Home: A Conversation about TBI and Domestic Violence
with Eve Valera, PhD; filmmaker Sydney Scotia; and domestic violence survivor Elizabeth Vera




Lifestyle and Brain Health
with Orly Avitzur, MD, FAAN

Robin’s Wish: A Conversation About Lewy Body Dementia
with Susan Schneider Williams and Melissa Armstrong, MD, MSc, FAAN

Robin’s Wish: A Behind-the-Scenes Look
with Susan Schneider Williams and film director Tylor Norwood

Current Trends in Alzheimer’s Research: What’s Giving Us Hope
with Ronald Peterson, PhD, MD, FAAN

Commitment to Cures 2020


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