Past Events

Since our inception, Brain Research Foundation has played a vital role in advancing the field of neuroscience. Here, you can take a look at some of our past events to get a sense of what we’ve been up to.



2016 Neuroscience Day

The 16th Annual Neuroscience Day will  be held on Friday, January 22, 2016 at the Lurie Medical Research Center of Northwestern University, located at 303 E. Superior Street, Chicago, IL (at the corner of Fairbanks and Superior). Neuroscience Day is an annual event sponsored by the Brain Research Foundation that introduces new, exciting research through poster presentations and lectures. This unique forum encourages scientific interaction among universities and gives the Chicago-area neuroscience community a chance to meet and share interests in an informal setting. This event is free. Click here for more information.


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2015 Annual Discovery Dinner

Please reserve the evening of October 27, 2015 for the Brain Research Foundation’s Annual Discovery Dinner. For more information or to make a donation and/or purchase tickets, please call 312-759-5150 or email Terri Reniva at treniva@thebrf.org.


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Haymarket Golf Outing

SAVE THE DATE!!!! Join the Associate Board of the Brain Research Foundation for some summertime fun at the 4th Annual Haymarket Golf Outing. TICKETS ON SALE NOW. CLICK HERE.


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White Sox Event

Join the Associate Board of the Brain Research Foundation for some summertime fun at US Cellular Field. The Chicago White Sox will take on the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 1:10pm. Tickets are $25 and are located in sections 102 & 103. 
 
Tickets must be purchased through the BRF or an Associate Board Member. Tickets cannot be mailed. No refunds. Please contact us at info@theBRF.org or 312-759-5150 for more information or to purchase tickets. For additional details, Download the Flyer.


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2015 Neuroscience Day

The Brain Research Foundation hosts the 15th Annual Neuroscience Day on Friday, January 23, 2015.  Neuroscience Day is an annual event sponsored by the Brain Research Foundation that introduces new, exciting research through poster presentations and lectures. This unique forum encourages scientific interaction among universities and gives the Chicago-area neuroscience community a chance to meet and share interests in an informal setting. There is no fee to attend this event. Read more and sign up.


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Ann Strain Taradash Memorial Fund

Ann Strain Taradash died November 3 at her home from complications due to a stroke. She suffered from Parkinson’s and white matter diseases which caused her cognitive and physical problems. Ann was an amazing mother, grandmother, wife and friend. She grew up in Dalton, Georgia, relocated to Chicago where she lived for 26 years, then returned to Georgia 18 years ago where she lived out the remainder of life. She was well known and respected for her long career in the shopping center industry.

She is preceded in death by her parents Frank & Martha Strain,  survived by her loving husband Terry Lynam, only daughter Tana Hall, daughter-in-law Kathy Henry Hall, precious granddaughter Rynn Hall and her sisters Rita Sims, Ginger Helmuth and Sarah Triton.

A celebration of her life will be held for close friends and family. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is established in her name at the Brain Research Foundation based in Chicago. Click here to Make A Donation.


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2014 Annual Discovery Dinner

Please reserve the evening of October 22, 2014 for the Brain Research Foundation’s Annual Discovery Dinner Honoring 2014 recipients of the Frederic Gibbs Discovery Award:

Founder’s Award: William E. Fay, Jr.

Philanthropic Leadership Award: Dr. Richard A. Chaifetz

Dinner Chairs
Joan and Richard Kohn
Alicia and Peter Pond

Please join us at the dinner. Reception begins at 6:00 pm followed by dinner at 7:00 pm. 

For more information, please contact PJH & Associates, Inc. at 312.553.2000 or visit www.pjhchicago.com/brf


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2014 Symposium

Gene-Environment Interactions and their Role in Intervention Research


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FREE Science is Sexy Lecture

Join us at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 29th for a unique partnership between the Brain Research Foundation, Science is Sexy, Canine Therapy Corpsand the Anti-Cruelty Society. The focus of this fascinating lecture will examine the neuroscience of the bond between humans and dogs. Humans and dogs have been companions for an estimated 30,000 years, but science is only beginning to reveal why dogs bond with us so deeply, and why we bond with our dogs. 


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Real Estate Mingle

Join us for Real Estate Mingle, where 400+ industry guests will experience rare cars, liquors and cigars. The proceeds from this event will benefit the Brain Research Foundation which supports neuroscience research leading to an advanced understanding of brain function in children and adults. View the event flyer.


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Rockin’ on the River 2014

Spend a Chicago summer evening riverside with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dancing.  Join the event on Facebook for updates and conversation!


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2014 White Sox Event

Join the Associate Board of the Brain Research Foundation for some summertime fun at US Cellular Field. The Chicago White Sox will take on the Detroit Tigers on June 10, 2014 at 7:10pm. Tickets are $25 and are located in sections 106 & 107. 
 
Tickets are not available online, and must be purchased through the BRF or an Associate Board Member. Please contact us at info@theBRF.org or 312-759-5150 for more information or to purchase tickets. For additional details, Download the flyer.


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Free Winter Lecture: The Science of Sex and Attraction

The Brain Research Foundation is proud to partner with Science is Sexy to unravel the mysteries of love, sex, identity, and the brain.
 
Who do you love, and how?  Northwestern University’s Michael Bailey, Ph.D. has been asking this question for over a decade, and he’ll tell us about his research on sexual arousal, sexual orientation, and the genetics of who we are sexually.  Why some people are attracted to men, others to women, and others to both men and women is a fascinating and as yet unanswered question. Read More.


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2014 Neuroscience Day

The Brain Research Foundation hosts the 14th Annual Neuroscience Day on Friday, January 17, 2014.  Neuroscience Day is an annual event sponsored by the Brain Research Foundation that introduces new, exciting research through poster presentations and lectures. This unique forum encourages scientific interaction among universities and gives the Chicago-area neuroscience community a chance to meet and share interests in an informal setting. There is no fee to attend this event. Read more and sign up.


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2013 Annual Discovery Dinner

Please reserve the evening of November 5, 2013 for the Brain Research Foundation’s Annual Discovery Dinner Honoring 2013 recipients of the Frederic Gibbs Discovery Award:   Discover Financial Services, for Community Service Accepted by David Nelms, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer    Jeffrey S. Aronin, for Philanthropic Leadership Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Paragon Pharmaceuticals   Dinner […]


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Rockin’ on the River 2013

Spend a Chicago summer evening riverside with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dancing to the music of One Night Band. Join the event on Facebook for updates and conversation! Online ticket sales for this event are now closed. You may purchase your tickets at the door this evening. 


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Healthy Children, Healthy Brains

Sponsored by the Associate Board of the Brain Research Foundation, internationally-renowned child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Bennett Leventhal lectures on “Healthy Children, Healthy Brain”. This event will be an informative discussion on children and adolescent brain disorders including ADHD, aggressive behavior, autism, anxiety, bullying, depression and eating disorders. Read More


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Advanced Concussion Training

Sponsored by the Associate Board of the Brain Research Foundation, the Chicago Concussion Coalition presents Advanced Concussion Training at the Park District of Forest Park. This event will be information and inspiration for parents, coaches, administrators, teachers, and concerned community members to keep athletes safe.


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2013 White Sox Event

Join the Associate Board of the Brain Research Foundation for some springtime fun at US Cellular Field. The Chicago White Sox will take on the Boston Red Sox on May 21, 2013 at 7:10pm. Tickets are $25 and are located in sections 157-159. 

Tickets are not available online, and must be purchased through the BRF or an Associate Board Member. Please contact us at info@theBRF.org or 312-759-5150 for more information or to purchase tickets. For additional details, Download the flyer and join the event on Facebook!
 
If you cannot attend the game but would like to donate to the event, please click herePlease make sure to click “other” and indicate “White Sox” on the second page of the donation form.


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2013 Neuroscience Day

The Brain Research Foundation hosts the 13th Annual Neuroscience Day on Friday, January 18, 2013.  Neuroscience Day is an annual event sponsored by the Brain Research Foundation that introduces new, exciting research through poster presentations and lectures. This unique forum encourages scientific interaction among universities and gives the Chicago-area neuroscience community a chance to meet and share interests in an informal setting. Read more and sign up.


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2012 Annual Discovery Dinner

Please reserve the evening of October 29, 2012 for the Brain Research Foundation’s Annual Discovery Dinner Honoring 2012 recipients of the Frederic Gibbs Discovery Award:

Michael W. Ferro, Jr., For Philanthropic Leadership
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Merrick Ventures, LLC
Chairman, Chicago Sun Times

Presented by Greg Case
President and Chief Executive Officer, Aon Corporation

for Community Service
David M. Holtzman, M.D.
Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurology
Washington University School of Medicine

Presented by Norman R. Bobins
Chairman, The PrivateBank 

Please join us at the dinner. Reception begins at 6:00 pm followed by dinner at 7:00 pm.


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Rockin’ on the River 2012

Spend a Chicago summer evening riverside with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dancing with the music of One Night Band.  Join the event on Facebook for updates and conversation!


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2012 Ragnar Relay Chicago

Associate Board Member Jennifer Falconer has geared up and started a relay team to support the Brain Research Foundation on a 200 mile run from Madison, Wisconsin to Chicago, Illinois. On June 8-9, 2012 this group of athletic individuals will be running to support neuroscience research and educational programs. 

We are very grateful for the support of Jennifer and her teammates, and hope you will join them in their efforts by making a tax deductible donation to the Brain Research Foundation. 


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2012 Brain Awareness Week

March 12-18, 2012

Held annually since 1996, Brain Awareness Week is sponsored by the Society for Neuroscience, the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, and more than 1200 other health and advocacy groups. Throughout the week, educational activities such as lectures and exhibits will be conducted across North America to promote public awareness of the importance of neuroscience research and its potential for enhancing the health and well-being of those affected by neurological disorders.


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2012 White Sox Event

This event is SOLD OUT. We hope you can join us next year!
 
Join the Associate Board of the Brain Research Foundation for some springtime fun at US Cellular Field. The Chicago White Sox will take on the Minnesota Twins on May 22, 2012 at 7:10pm. 


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2012 Neuroscience Day

The Brain Research Foundation hosts the 12th Annual Neuroscience Day on Friday, January 20, 2012.  Neuroscience Day is an annual event sponsored by the Brain Research Foundation that introduces new, exciting research through poster presentations and lectures. This unique forum encourages scientific interaction among universities and gives the Chicago-area neuroscience community a chance to meet and share interests in an informal setting. Read more and sign up.


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2011 Annual Discovery Dinner

Please reserve the evening of November 1, 2011 for the Brain Research Foundation’s Annual Discovery Dinner Honoring 2011 recipients of the Frederic Gibbs Discovery Award:

Virginia and Norman Bobins for Philanthropic Leadership
and 
Aon Corporation for Community Service

Please join us at the dinner. Reception begins at 6:00 pm followed by dinner at 7:00 pm.


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2011 Rockin on the River

Spend a Chicago summer evening riverside with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and the music of Dr. Bombay.


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2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Advance neuroscience research by sponsoring a runner today. Please list the runners name through the “In Honor of…” feature of the payment form. The Brain Research Foundation will be happy to let the runner know of your participation. Please proceed to the Make a Difference page to make your donation. Thank you.


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2011 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle

Advance neuroscience research by sponsoring a runner today. Please list the runners name through the “In Honor of…” feature of the payment form. The Brain Research Foundation will be happy to let the runner know of your participation. Please proceed to the Make a Difference page to make your donation. Thank you.


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2010 Annual Discovery Dinner

Please reserve the evening of November 1, 2010 for the Brain Research Foundation’s Annual Discovery Dinner Honoring Abbott, the 2010 recipient of the Frederic Gibbs Discovery Award Accepted by Miles D. White, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.


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2010 White Sox Event

Join the Associate Board of the Brain Research Foundation for some springtime fun at US Cellular Field. read more


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Mapping The Brain: A Path To Curing Neurological Disease

This is an extraordinary opportunity to hear from leaders of the neurological research community and to learn about the groundbreaking Allen Human Brain Atlas. For more information, click here.


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Neuroscience Day 2008

On December 12, 2008, the Brain Research Foundation sponsored the 10th Annual Neuroscience Day. This was the first year that Neuroscience Day was open to members of the greater Chicago area community. A total of 74 abstracts were presented, all from different levels of study: Graduate Student, Post Doc, and Clinical Research. Abstracts were graded […]


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Brain Awareness Week

Held annually since 1996, Brain Awareness Week is sponsored by the Society for Neuroscience, the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, and more than 1200 other health and advocacy groups. Throughout the week, educational activities such as lectures and exhibits will be conducted across North America to promote public awareness of the importance of neuroscience research […]


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Society for Neuroscience 39th Annual Meeting

The Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting is the primary yearly opportunity for neuroscience researchers to introduce and share their work and to meet their colleagues from around the world. The meeting provides thousands of research abstracts, lectures, symposia, workshops, and other events, and will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center. Find more details […]


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2010 Neuroscience Day

Neuroscience Day is an annual event sponsored by the Brain Research Foundation that introduces new, exciting research through poster presentations and lectures. This unique forum encourages scientific interaction among universities and gives the Chicago-area neuroscience community a chance to meet and share interests in an informal setting. Learn more about Neuroscience Day.


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Make Waves Benefit 2007

On September 27, 2007, the Brain Research Foundation held its much-anticipated fund-raising gala. The event took place on a privately chartered Odyssey Cruise with the Chicago skyline serving as a beautiful backdrop. The theme, Make Waves, spoke to the Brain Research Foundation’s mission of creating change and advancing neuroscience research. Co-chairs Pat Koldyke and Tom […]


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