Gatherings, 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.


Controversies in Dementia Research
with Ronald Petersen, MD, PhD
Wednesday, June 21  –  8:00pm Eastern  –  Online

Incurable brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and other dementias gradually steal the essence of what makes someone human, often leaving their loved ones helpless. In 2021, the FDA sparked hope when they approved the first new treatment for Alzheimer’s since 2003, aducanamab. Now Lecanemab has also been approved. Dr. Petersen joins us to discuss controversies around the new generation of Alzheimer’s drugs. Are they safe and effective?  He will discuss the state of dementia research today and what the future may hold for people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.


Environmental Toxins and Brain Disease
with Ray Dorsey, MD
Tuesday, July 18 –  8:00pm Eastern  –  Online

Parkinson’s is currently the fastest growing brain disease in the world, impacting more than six million people. That number has doubled over the last 25 years and is projected to double again by 2040—but why and how is this happening? One answer may lie in the harmful pesticides we breathe in each day. Join Dr. Ray Dorsey, David M. Levy Professor of Neurology and director of the Center for Health and Technology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, for a discussion about the risks of environmental toxins on the brain, what can be done to limit the impact of these toxins, where research current efforts are focused, and more.

Dr. Dorsey is a co-author of the must-read Ending Parkinson’s Disease: A Prescription for Action. Don’t miss this opportunity to ask questions and hear directly from one of the leading experts in Parkinson’s disease.


Cross-Cutting Therapies in Brain Disease: Gene Therapy
with Timothy Miller, MD, PhD
Monday, August 14  –  8:00pm Eastern  –  Online

As researchers pursue treatments and cures for brain diseases, gene therapy has emerged as an area with the potential to provide answers—particularly for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Join Dr. Timothy Miller, David Clayson Professor of Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and one of the nation’s leading researchers in ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases, for a discussion about how genetics research is resulting in innovative therapies for brain diseases, what these findings mean for those living with a brain disease today, and where research might go next.


The Next Generation of Brain Disease Research
with David W. Dodick, MD, FAAN and our 2023 Next Generation Research Grant recipients
Tuesday, September 19 –  8:00pm Eastern  –  Online

Our 2023 Next Generation Research Grant (NGRG) recipients are spearheading a diverse range of cutting-edge brain disease research projects that will lead to the treatments and cures of tomorrow. But who are the promising early-career researchers leading these critical investigations into Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and other brain diseases? Join Dr. David Dodick, American Brain Foundation Board Chair, to hear from this year’s NGRG class about how their projects are setting the stage for the next generation of diagnosis, treatments, and cures for all brain diseases.


Cross-Cutting Therapies in Brain Disease: Stem Cells
with Paul George, MD, and Donna Chang
Tuesday, October 24  –  8:00pm Eastern  –  Online

Stem cell-based research presents a promising future for treatments and cures that come from inside of each person’s body—particularly for brain disease. Paul George, MD, assistant professor of neurology at Stanford University, and Donna Chang, founder and CEO of Hope Biosciences, will be sitting down for an insightful discussion around the potential of stem cell therapies for brain disease and disorders, current treatments available and their effectiveness, what areas research is focused on, and much more. 


Cross-Cutting Therapies in Brain Disease: Focused Ultrasound
with Andrei Alexandrov, MD & Neal Kassell, MD
Tuesday, November 14  –  8:00pm Eastern  –  Online

The development of new and effective brain disease therapies using ultrasound is an exciting research area to keep an eye on. Join us for a fascinating discussion covering all things ultrasound therapy, what it means for patients, and more with Andrei Alexandrov, MD, a renowned neurologist based in Memphis, Tennessee, and Neal Kassell, MD, professor of neurosurgery at the University of Virginia and chairman and founder of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation.


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


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


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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