Our Activities and Impact – Making a Difference

We are reaching our goal of improving lives by:

Funding research that has the promise of evolving into FDA-approved treatments

Providing educational opportunities for clinicians and the public to learn about the latest state-of-the-art medicine and research in its focus area

Organizing think-tanks and working groups for researchers to develop new ideas and collaborate

Facilitating outreach by physicians to increase medical care to our community members

Increasing access to capital through investors in our network for startups in this space.

Clinicians and scientists participated in Research Roundtables

Parents, caregivers and providers attended Public Day talks

Ground-breaking talks across four conferences

$2.5 million awarded in research grants

In less than three years of its existence The BRAIN Foundation has awarded over $2.5M in research grants (through our public donors, our private donor network and corporate partners) to study topics in urgent need of research in areas as diverse as gastrointestinal disorders, metabolic/mitochondrial dysfunction, microbial therapies for addressing core autism symptoms, neuromodulation therapies, understanding the immune dysfunction in autism and many others.

2022 Request for Proposals attracted close to 50 proposals from major universities including Yale University, Massachusetts General Hospital, UCSD, Scripps, UC Davis and many others.

This year we will be funding research on topics ranging from animal models, translational research, longitudinal treatment studies, neurotech devices and so on.

Read our 2022 Annual Report

Watched conference streams

Clinicians attended CME training

Attendees from around the world

Annual Synchrony Symposia

Synchrony Symposia 2019 to 2022 each featured presentations from leading scientists
and clinicians in the field, from Mayo Clinic to Stanford, from Europe to UCSF.

In addition to talks on the latest autism research and clinical findings, our symposia also included round tables on a wide range of topics. See more.

Research with a difference

Catalyzing scientific research that can improve the quality of life for those with neurological disorders and developmental disabilities through safe and evidence-based medicine.

Support & education

Providing educational opportunities for clinicians and the public to learn about the latest state-of-the-art medicine and research in its focus area.


We are grateful for tha amazing feedback we’ve received!

On behalf of Aarav, Thank you Brain Foundation for spearheading Autism research and getting us all together!! Love, Kotra Family.

Kotra Family Fremont, CA

Dear Brain Foundation:  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything you do to give kiddos like Lukas another chance, and us parents hope.  We are in awe of everything that you do every day, and hope you don’t stop any time soon. Love, The Arabadzic Family

The Arabadzic Family Cleveland, Ohio

The single most powerful memory I have of Synchrony 2019 was watching a mother in her 60s take notes while her 40 year old autistic son smelled her hair and carefully stayed by her side. If a conference of this caliber can give hope to a mom like her, then that in it of itself was a monumental and worthwhile pursuit. Love, S&R

Susan & Raj

On behalf of our redheaded princess Rory, thank you for all the hard work you do to give our precious children every opportunity to live typical lives. Love, the McKay Family

McKay Family

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