The 2015 Research Gifts Program is now open.
New in 2015:
For the very first time the Brain Foundation has awarded a major research grant of $300,000. We congratulate Dr Neil Spratt based in Newcastle on this award. His research will be in the area of stroke. He was officially recognised at the ANZAN AGM in New Zealand in May 2015. This grant has been partly funded by the Tamworth North West Committee. We thank them for their support.
Please consider donating to help maintain and expand our crucial brain research.
Where does your money go?
Each year the Brain Foundation provides research grants to applicants who are selected by our Scientific Committee.
Read more about our funding process.
Grant Award Ceremony: Monday, 13 October 2014 – The Great Hall, Sydney University
Congratulations to all the recipients of 2014 Brain Foundation Research Gift Awards. This year 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
Epilepsy and chronic neuropathic pain
Funded by Australian Executor Trustees and Michael Rogers Stirling
Return of memory after traumatic brain injury
Funded by Peter Winder Hill Estate and the Bruce Wall Trust
Can expression of the NFI genes in glioblastoma stop tumour growth?
Funded by Rex Owen Banks Estate and Rosemary Palmer Brown
Targetting the YAP pathway in GBM stem cells
Funded by Brian Quilty Memorial Fund and Stephanie Ledonne Memorial Fund
Targetting brain swelling to improve long-term outcome following stroke
Funded by Bill Goodridge Estate and Alice Jones Estate
Progranulin, blood brain barrier integrity and ischaemic stroke
Funded by Coulson Memorial Trust and Idelia May Jaques Estates
Movement and postural control in dystonia patients
Funded by Paul Ainsworth Charitable Foundation
Automating brain scan analysis to improve the diagnosis of Alheimer's disease in clinical practice
Funded by Nina Hennessy Estate and Kathleen Toy Estates
Function of Parkinson's Disease protein synuclein
Funded by Ami Olian Memorial Estate and Alma George
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
Modelling Alzheimer's disease in patient-derived neurons
Funded by Gustaf Ringtrom Estate and Grace Adams