Webinars, Salons, and Galas

American Brain Foundation Events

Join us for in-depth discussions with neurology experts and learn about what the research shows about various topics across the human brain. See below for upcoming live events and recordings of past events.

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Signs of Alzheimer’s and Other Dementia
with David Holtzman, MD
Wednesday, June 26  –  8:00pm Eastern  –  Online

Join us for an important event hosted by John Pohland, featuring Dr. David Holtzman, Director of the Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Holtzman will discuss early warning signs, distinguishing between dementia types in diagnosis, and risk factors and prevention. Learn about the latest research and treatment options, and bring questions about care strategies, legal considerations, and community resources.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your understanding and support for individuals and families affected by the beginning stages of dementia.


How Stress Affects the Brain
with Teshamae Monteith, MD and Jeffrey Iliff, PhD
Tuesday, July 9  –  8:00pm Eastern  –  Online

Register today to deepen your understanding of how stress impacts the brain and discover practical tools for enhancing your mental wellness journey. This event features Dr. Teshamae Monteith, Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology and Chief of the Headache Division at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, and Dr. Jeff Iliff, Professor with the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences/Department of Neurology and Associate Director for Research, Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System.

Drs. Monteith and Iliff will discuss the science behind stress, effects of stress, common misconceptions, and the importance of self-care. Learn how chronic stress can impact brain structure and function over time, gain insights into how stress affects various aspects of daily life, explore the complex relationship between stress and mental health conditions, and acquire practical tips and techniques for managing stress.

This webinar will be hosted by Dr. Phyllis Zee, Professor of Neurology, Director of the Center for Circadian and Sleep Medicine, and Chief of the Sleep Medicine Division at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.


Childhood & Autism
with Yolanda Holler-Managan, MD and Rujuta Wilson, MD
Thursday, August 22  –  8:00pm Eastern  –  Online

Join us for an insightful webinar featuring a discussion with leading experts Dr. Yolanda Holler-Managan and Dr. Rujuta Wilson. Hosted by Ralph Leslie, Executive Vice President, COO, and CFO at The Pew Charitable Trusts, this event promises to be an engaging exploration of key topics surrounding autism spectrum disorder and its impact on childhood.

Dr. Holler-Managan, Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Neurology), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Dr. Wilson, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Neurology & Psychiatry, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, bring a wealth of experience as pediatricians specializing in neurodevelopmental disorders like autism and ADHD.

This webinar will cover early signs of autism, therapeutic approaches for supporting children on the autism spectrum, advocating for individuals with autism, and navigating the transition to adulthood.

Whether you’re a parent, educator, or advocate, this webinar offers an opportunity to expand your understanding of childhood autism and discover practical support strategies. Don’t miss this chance to learn from experts and connect with others affected by autism. Register today!


The Next Generation of Brain Disease Research
with the 2024 class of ABF-funded researchers
Thursday, September 19  –  8:00pm Eastern  –  Online

Our 2024 Next Generation Research Grant recipients are spearheading a diverse range of cutting-edge brain research projects paving the way for the treatments and cures of tomorrow.

But who are the promising early-career researchers leading these critical investigations into cognitive aging, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and other brain diseases?

Join Dr. David Dodick, American Brain Foundation Board Chair, to hear from this year’s class of researchers about how their projects are setting the stage for the next generation of diagnosis, treatments, and cures across the spectrum of the brain.


For more information or questions about our upcoming events, please contact
[email protected].

View Past Events on YouTube

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

Previous Events


Research in ALS: What’s Giving Us Hope 
with Merit Cudkowicz, MD, MSc

Seizures: What You Need to Know
with Jacqueline French, MD, Alyx Porter, MD, and Gregory Cascino, MD

Neurological Healthcare Disparities
with Bruce Ovbiagele, MD, MSc, MAS, MBA, MLS, FAAN


Equity in Global Brain Health 
with Bruce Miller, MD, FAAN

Post-Concussion Tips and Steps in Preventing Brain Trauma
with David Dodick, MD, FAAN and John Leddy, MD, FACSM, FACP

Wearable Technology for Brain Diseases
with David Eagleman, PhD and Gregory Krauss, MD

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Autism Research
with Audrey Brumback, MD, PhD

Controversies in Dementia Research 
with Ronald Petersen, MD, PhD

Environmental Toxins and Brain Disease 
with David Dodick, MD, FAAN and Ray Dorsey, MD

Cross-Cutting Therapies in Brain Disease: Gene Therapy
with Timothy Miller, MD, PhD

Meet The Researchers
with the 2023 class of American Brain Foundation Next Generation Research Grant recipients

Cross-Cutting Therapies in Brain Disease: Stem Cells
with David Dodick, MD, FAAN, Donna Chang, and Paul George, MD

Cross-Cutting Therapies in Brain Disease: Focused Ultrasound
with David Dodick, MD, FAAN, Andrei Alexandrov, MD, and Neal Kassell, MD


Navigating Migraine: Treatment and Research
with David Dodick, MD, FAAN and Faisal Mohammad Amin, MD, PhD

Managing Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis
with Lisa Shulman, MD and Ellen Mowry, MD

Meet The Researchers
with the 2022 class of American Brain Foundation Next Generation Research Grant recipients

Deep Brain Stimulation
with Robert Fisher, MD, PhD

Cure One, Cure Many: Connections Between Brain Diseases
with Frances Jensen, MD, FACP, FAAN

Understanding Caregiving & How to Support Caregivers
with Hilarity for Charity Executive Director Bonnie Wattles and author/caregiver advocate Dan Gasby

Receiving A Brain Disease Diagnosis
with Vice Board Chair Ben LeNail and motivational speaker, Justine Fedak

Know the Signs and Symptoms of Brain Disease
with James C. Stevens, MD, FAAN

2022 Cure One, Cure Many Award Event
with Owen A. Ross, PhD, Pamela J. McLean, PhD, and Bradley F. Boeve, MD from Mayo Clinic

Why Sleep is Important for Brain Health
with Phyllis C. Zee, MD, PhD



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


For more information or questions about our past events, please contact [email protected].

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