The Brain Foundation is a nationally registered charity dedicated
to funding world-class research Australia-wide into neurological disorders, brain disease and brain injuries.
Established in 1970 by neurologists and neurosurgeons, the Brain Foundation funds merit-based, ground breaking research projects that aim to advance diagnoses, treatment and patient outcomes.


The directory lists disorders, diseases and injuries of the brain, spinal cord and nervous system, and contain a brief description of each condition.

Brain Tumour / Cancer


There are almost 1,400 new cases of malignant brain tumours in Australia and many more benign brain tumours that can be just as deadly if the tumour is in a vital area of the brain.

Brain Tumour / Cancer
Healthy Brain

Healthy Brain

The Healthy Brain Program, an initiative of the Brain Foundation, aims to assist Australians to keep their brains healthy into old age, through the provision of community education and research

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Monday, 19 October 2015
The Great Hall, Sydney University

Congratulations to all the recipients of 2015 Brain Foundation Research Gift Awards. In 2015 we awarded 13 grants, including the first Major Research Gift to Dr Neil Spratt from the University of Newcastle.

Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AO CVO has been the Guest of Honour and presented the Awards almost every year since they started at The Great Hall, Sydney University. This makes the Awards Ceremony a very special occasion when successful applicants explain the nature and aims of their projects.

Major Research Award

A new understanding of increased pressure within the skull in brain diseases

Major Research Award
Dr Neil Spratt
University of Newcastle

Chronic Headache & Migraine Award

MR-based 4D flow in IIH

Dr Hugh Winters
Sydney Translational Imaging Laboratory, University of Sydney

Paediatric Neurology Award

A mouse model of mild maternal iodine deficiancy and its effect on brain structure

Dr Matthew Kirkcaldie
University of Tasmania

Neuro-trauma Award

Developing a neuroprotective agent against neurotrauma

Associate Professor Corinna Van Den Heuval
University of Adelaide

Neuro-trauma Award

Reduce brain damage following TBI

Neuro-trauma Award
Associate Professor Bruno Meloni
University of Western Australia

Neuromuscular Diseases Award

Vitamin D in neuroinflammatory disorders

Dr Susanna Park
Brain & Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney

Epilepsy Award

Using brain tissue to find the causes of epilepsy

Associate Professor Richard Leventer
Royal Children's Hospital, Victoria

Brain Tumour Award

Novel combination therapy for brain tumours

Dr Lenka Munoz
University of Sydney

Cerebral Diseases Award

Identifying biomarkers responsible for the development of subarachnoid haemorrhage

Mr Alexios Adamides
Royal Melbourne Hospital Neuroscience Foundation

Cerebral Diseases Award

Identifying new treatment targets for stroke

Associate Professor Shaun Sandow
University of the Sunshine Coast

Parkinson's Disease Award

Improving walking disorders in Parkinson's patients using cueing

Parkinson's Disease Award
Dr Wesley Thevathasan
Royal Melbourne Hospital

Neurodegenerative Diseases Award

New drugs for neurodegenerative disease

Dr Thibault Renoir
Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne

Neurodegenerative Diseases Award

Do memory concerns in healthy older adults herald future demetia risk?

Dr Rachel Buckley
University of Melbourne

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The Brain Foundation is the largest, independent funder of brain and spinal injury research in Australia. We believe research is the pathway to recovery. PLEASE HELP US HELP THOSE with brain disease or disorders. and brain and spinal injuries by donating to the research program.
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Gerald EdmundS

Secretary General