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, 13 October 2014
The Great Hall, Sydney University

Congratulations to all the recipients of 2014 Brain Foundation Research Gift Awards. In 2014 we awarded 11 grants, plus the Elizabeth Penfold Simpson Award.

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.

Elizabeth Penfold Simpson Award

Human adult dental pulp stem cells enhance poststroke functional recovery through non-neural replacement mechanisms

2014 Dr Karlea Kremer
Dr Karlea Kremer


Epilepsy and chronic neuropathic pain

Funded by Australian Executor Trustees and Michael Rogers Stirling

2014 Dr Susan Tomlinson
Dr Susan Tomlinson
University of Sydney

Neuro-trauma Award

Return of memory after traumatic brain injury

Funded by Peter Winder Hill Estate and the Bruce Wall Trust

2014 Dr Gershon Spitz
Dr Gershon Spitz
Epworth Research Foundation

Brain Tumours

Can expression of the NFI genes in glioblastoma stop tumour growth?

Funded by Rex Owen Banks Estate and Rosemary Palmer Brown

2014 Dr Jens Bunt
Dr Jens Bunt
University of Queensland

Brain Tumours

Targetting the YAP pathway in GBM stem cells

Funded by Brian Quilty Memorial Fund and Stephanie Ledonne Memorial Fund

2014 Dr Andrew Gogos
Dr Andrew Gogos
University of Melbourne

Cerebral Diseases

Targetting brain swelling to improve long-term outcome following stroke

Funded by Bill Goodridge Estate and Alice Jones Estate

2014 Dr Renee Turner
Dr Renee Turner
The University of Adelaide

Cerebral Diseases

Progranulin, blood brain barrier integrity and ischaemic stroke

Funded by Coulson Memorial Trust and Idelia May Jaques Estates

2014 Dr Katherine Jackman
Dr Katherine Jackman
Melbourne Brain Centre


Movement and postural control in dystonia patients

Funded by Paul Ainsworth Charitable Foundation

2014 Dr Florence Chang
Dr Florence Chang
Westmead Hospital

Neurodegenerative Diseases

Automating brain scan analysis to improve the diagnosis of Alheimer's disease in clinical practice

Funded by Nina Hennessy Estate and Kathleen Toy Estates

2014 Assoc Prof Stephen Bowden
Associate Professor Stephen Bowden
University of Melbourne

Neurodegenerative Diseases

Function of Parkinson's Disease protein synuclein

Funded by Ami Olian Memorial Estate and Alma George

2014 Dr Mark Graham
Dr Mark Graham
Children's Medical Research Institute, NSW

Neurodegenerative Diseases

Determining the influence of sleep quantity and quality on memory, thinking and biological markers of Alzheimer's disease

Funded by Alma May George Estate and Esther Hennessy Estate

2014 Dr Stephanie Rainey-Smith
Dr Stephanie Ruth Rainey-Smith
McCusker Alzheimer's Research Foundation

Neurodegenerative Diseases

Modelling Alzheimer's disease in patient-derived neurons

Funded by Gustaf Ringtrom Estate and Grace Adams

2014 Dr Lezanne Ooi
Dr Lezanne Ooi
University of Wollongong

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Gerald EdmundS

Secretary General