Programs

On Friday, January 22, 2016, the Brain Research Foundation hosted the 16th Annual Neuroscience Day. This unique forum is intended to provide members of the Chicago area neuroscience community with opportunities to share interests in an informal setting and to stimulate scientific interactions between universities. We strongly encourage graduate students and post doctoral fellows to present posters for this event. Please see the details for Neuroscience Day by clicking here. There is no fee to attend this event. view more

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. view more

Properly Fit Helmets Save Lives - Protect your head and brain every time you ride. Bicycle helmets only provide safety when they are properly fitted, adjusted, and worn. A bicycle crash can happen at any time. A properly fitted bicycle helmet reduces the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent and the risk of brain injury by as much as 88 percent. Helmets are the single most effective way to prevent head injuries resulting from bicycle crashes. Wearing a helmet each ride can encourage the same smart behavior in others. view more

BRF gives a $30,000 grant to fund research at the Institute for Sports Medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The grant will fund research that aims to improve pediatricians’ ability to evaluate and manage sports-related concussive injuries among young children, and guide future research regarding the diagnosis, treatment and long term effects of these events. view more

The Brain Research Foundation (BRF) announced at its annual Gala Dinner that it will provide a $50,000 grant to fund an initiative designed to improve the Chicago Public Schools’ ability to respond to sports-related head injuries. view more

Brain injuries related to youth sports activities are of increasing concern in communities across the country. The Brain Research Foundation is launching a new educational initiative to heighten awareness about these injuries, gather expert information, and facilitate dialogue among national and international experts on how to keep children and adolescents safe. view more

When Chicago Alderman Ed Burke attended the 2010 Discovery Dinner, he learned of the national movement to adopt new laws related to the care of young athletes with head injuries, and went to work right away with his colleague Alderman Latasha Thomas to move the City of Chicago forward in adopting an ordinance to do the same. view more