Scientific Innovations Award

Since 1981, the Brain Research Foundation has awarded 582 research grants, totaling more than $10.2 million. That’s 582 crucial steps toward the goal of improving the lives of those affected by neurological disorders and their families.

In addition to our annual seed grant program, the Foundation awarded 3 larger grants to distinguished investigators in 2016 for our Scientific Innovations Award. Please see below how they’ll contribute to the field of neuroscience.

2016 Scientific Innovations Award Winners
Dissecting microglial function in neuroinflammation by mapping nitric oxide in real time in the living brain
Yamuna Krishnan, Ph.D.
Department of Chemistry
The University of Chicago
Specificity and defects of neuronal circuitry in health and disease: Growth cone proteomes and RNA
Jeffrey Macklis, Ph.D.
Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Harvard University
Unravel the Neuronal Pathways Underlying Anesthesia-Induced Loss of Consciousness
Fan Wang, Ph.D.
Department of Neurobiology
Duke University
Mapping and Restoring Synaptic Connectivity in Brain Disorders
Thomas Biederer, Ph.D.
Department of Neuroscience
Tufts University

Success Stories

The following stories are only a sample of the progress Brain Research Foundation has enabled in the field of neuroscience. Every day, we’re helping researchers work toward important scientific discoveries that broaden the scope of our understanding.

Targeted Therapy with Nanodevices
Nanodevices to Treat Neurological Diseases
2013 Scientific Innovations Award
Brian Litt, M.D.
Department of Neurology
University of Pennsylvania
Parkinson’s disease
2011 Distinguished Investigators
Paul Greengard, Ph.D.
Vincent Astor Professor, Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
of the Comparative Bioscience Center, Rockefeller University
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
2011 Distinguished Investigators
F. Xavier Castellanos, M.D.
Neidich Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at
NYU Langone Medical Center and Nathan Kline Institute

Scientific Innovations Award Archive


Distinguished Investigators Archive