Brain Awareness Week 16-22 March 2015

Brain Awareness Week (BAW), March 16-22.

BAW is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. Every March, BAW unites the efforts of partner organizations worldwide in a celebration of the brain for people of all ages.

The Brain Foundation will be in Sydney at the QVB forecourt on Tuesday 17th (8am-2pm) and Thursday 19th outside Customs House at Circular Quay (8am-1pm). Come and visit us!

2015 Living In Harmony Festival – City Of Sydney. We are involved in a FREE event during this festival on Thursday 19 March. Fusion Brain & Body Workout. 2.00 to 4.00pm. Customs House.
Do you want to learn brain exercises to increase your memory and improve cognitive ability?
Also see the fabulous magician – NEO.
Bookings are essential –
For more information call Brain Foundation 1300 886 660 or call Sylvia 0411 487 821


More about funding process

By June 23,2015

The Brain Foundation invites applications nationally for research gifts to support research projects in clinical neurosciences.

The primary objective of the Brain Foundation Research Gifts is to support individual researchers and research teams to conduct the highest quality research into brain illnesses and neurological disorders as well as brain and spinal injuries.

A subsidiary objective is to provide opportunities for early career researchers, subject to merit,  to gain initiating funding for projects with potential.  This also provides an important first opportunity as a Chief Investigator; a very necessary step.

Each year, around May, we advertise that our Research Grant Program is ‘open’ for all applicants.  Applicants must adhere to our application guidelines, and need to complete a comprehensive application form along with their proposal.  Read more about Application Guidelines on our research page.

We receive applications from specialists in research institutions all around Australia over a period of a few weeks.  Applications are received from neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuro-scientists, and other researchers.

Applicants submit their applications within one of the following categories:

  1. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s & Other Neuro Degenerative Diseases
  2. Dystonia
  3. Cerebral Disease
  4. Brain Tumours
  5. Epilepsy
  6. Neuromuscular Disease
  7. Paediatric Neurology
  8. Neuro-trauma
  9. Headache & Migraine
  10. Neural infections
  11. Other


Once we close the application period (usually in late August) all applications are reviewed and scored by our Scientific Committee (see below for details), made up of eminent Neurologists, and headed by Professor David Bourke, AO.  Unfortunately, every year we receive many more outstanding applications than we can fund.

We announce the winners usually in September, and have an annual Cocktail Party and Award Ceremony in October at Sydney University, where each winner gives a short presentation of their proposed research.  See Where Does your Money Go for details of all previous grants, plus YouTube clips of presentations.

We generally aim to award at least one grant in each category, and usually fund research in institutions (universities, hospitals, and other research establishments) across all states and territories.

Grants are usually of the order of $40,000, and we expect to receive progress reports and final reports after one year. Occasionally we will fund grants up to $80,000 or higher.

In 2015, for the very first time we have awarded a major research gift of $300,000, over a three year period, to go to research that exhibits great potential for improved patent outcomes. We congratulate Dr Neil Spratt based in Newcastle who was awarded the significant grant, which was formally announced at the Annual Neurology Conference in Auckland in May 2015. His research title is “A new understanding of increased pressure within the skull in brain diseases”.

We publish research reports in our bi-annual newsletter BrainWaves.

We believe that funding competitive research that is independent of any state or institution results in the best projects coming to fruition.

Scientific Committee:


We thank all on the Scientific Committee for their continual support and hard work.

These grants have been made possible through the generosity of our donors, corporate sponsors and through legacy of generous people who leave the Brain Foundation bequests to fund further research into brain diseases, disorders and brain and spinal cord injuries.


Tamworth Fair

Tamworth Christmas Fair 2015

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Make a note in your diary now for the Tamworth Christmas Fair. Sunday 22 November

Parkinson’s/Dystonia Conference – May 2015

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The next Parkinson's Australia Conference in May 2015 will also feature sessions on Dystonia. Speakers