Imagine not being able to talk to people, or not understand what they're saying because your speech centres have been affected by stroke. Or not being able to walk because of a spinal cord injury. Or not being able to feed yourself because of weakness involving your arms due to Motor Neurone Disease. These are confronting thoughts, but these are the problems that are faced by many Australians today, and it is these diseases and others that the Brain Foundation is helping to overcome through its research and support programs.
Professor Matthew Kiernan 2002 Brain Foundation Grant Recipient
Since 1970 the Brain Foundation has supported hundreds of research projects throughout Australia. Brain Foundation grants have helped to discover:
a new treatment for migraine based on the discovery of the relationship of a chemical transmitter serotonin to migraine
new surgical methods of stopping tremor and other involuntary movements
a serum which contains ApoE4, a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease
a method of detecting and correcting blood vessel spasms following strokes, injuries and operations
a procedure which enables brain tumours to be identified more readily and provide a check on complete removal of tumours using ultrasound
the location of the gene for a common form of inherited neuropathy causing weakness of the hands and legs (on chromosome 17)
a method of analysing the tremor of Parkinson’s disease to distinguish it from other causes of trembling
the gene responsible for compression paralysis in families with sensitivity of peripheral nerves to pressure.
During the past seven years, the Brain Foundation has contributed over $3,000,000 to fund research by neurologists, neurosurgeons and neuroscientists in the following areas:
Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia
Epilepsy (affects more 45,000 Australians)
Migraine (affects more than two million Australians)
Motor Neurone Disease
Various aspects of neurosurgery
Parkinson’s Disease (affects more than 35,000 Australians)
Peripheral Nerve Disease
Stroke (40,000 Australians annually suffer a stroke)
Vertigo, balance and Meniere’s Disease.
These disorders alone affect more than 2.5 million Australians, ranging from the very young to the very old.
Brain Foundation grants have been awarded to researchers working in many institutions in all Australian States and Territories including:
Alfred Hospital Australian National University Children' s Hospital at Westmead Concord Hospital Flinders University Florey Neuroscience Institutes Garvan Institute Gosford Hospital Griffith University Hornsby Hospital Howard Florey Institute John Hunter Hospital Kolling Institute of Medical Research Macquarie University Mental Health Research Institute Menzies Research Institute Monash University Murdoch Children's Research Institute National Ageing Research Institute Neuroscience Research Australia New Children’s Hospital NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre
Prince of Wales Hospital Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital Royal Children's Hospital Royal Hobart Hospital Royal Melbourne Hospital Royal North Shore Hospital Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne Sydney Children’s Hospital University of Adelaide University of Melbourne University of New South Wales University of Newcastle University of Queensland University of South Australia University of Sydney University of Tasmania University of Western Australia Westmead Hospital