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

Please help us establish the first Brain Cancer Biobank to enable access to tissue material for researchers.
Donate to Brain Cancer Biobank Fund

There are almost 1,900 new cases of Brain Cancer each year in Australia.

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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In 2016 we awarded 20 grants, including The Inaugural Professor James Lance AO CBE Award, and the Elizabeth Simpson Award.
Our Award Ceremony was held on Monday October 24 at The Art Gallery of NSW, with our Guest of Honour being Professor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO
Congratulations to all the recipients of 2016 Brain Foundation Research Gift Awards.

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 where successful applicants explain the nature and aims of their projects.

Elizabeth Penfold Simpson Award

Investigating intracortical inhibitory mechanisms contributing to age-related deficits in motor function

Dr George Opie
The University of Adelaide

Chronic Headache and Migraine

Making headway into migraine

Dr Susan Tomlinson
University of Sydney


A computational model of genetic epilepsy

Dr Alexander Bryson
The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Melbourne

Brain Tumours

Targeting EGFR in glioblastoma

Funded by Erica Williams in memory of Andrew Jenkins

Dr Ruth Anne Mitchell
University of Melbourne

Brain Tumours

Unravelling the potential therapeutic role of microRNAs in glioblastoma

Funded by North West Committee of the Brain Foundation

Mr Walter Musckovic
Children's Cancer Institute, Sydney


GotRhythm: a mobile phone app to improve movement following stroke

Ms Ann-Maree Vallence
Murdoch University, Perth

Paediatric Neurology

Characterising structure function relationships in childhood stroke using advanced brain imaging

Dr Joseph Yuan-Mou Yang
Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne

Cerebral Diseases

Developing a therapeutic drug to treat Cerebral cavernous malformation

Funded by Ledonne Family in memory of Stephanie

Dr Xiangjian Zheng
Centenerary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology, Sydney

Cerebral Diseases

Radiation-induced markers for vascular targeting of brain AVM tissues

Dr Zhenjun Zhao
Macquarie University, Sydney

Cerebral Diseases

Improving the diagnosis of impairments in spatial awareness among stroke patients

Dr Tobias Loetscher
University of South Australia

Parkinson's Disease

Cognitive fatigue in Parkinson's disease

Dr Trevor Chong
Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences, Melbourne

Parkinson's Disease

A new genetic form of Parkinson's

Professor Elsdon Storey
Monash University, Melbourne

Multiple Sclerosis and Other Demyelinating Disorders

MOG antibody-associated demyelination: a treatable form of blindness and paralysis

Dr Sudarshini Ramanathan
University of Sydney

Higher Cortical Function

Colourful-Calculations: an interantional app-based trial, investigating the potential of therapeutic tools for Synaesthesia

Mr Joshua Berger
University of Sydney

Alzheimer's and Other Neuro Degenerative Diseases

Eating behaviour and metabolism in neurodegeneration

Dr Rebekah Ahmed
Brain and Mind Centre, Sydney University

Alzheimer's and Other Neuro Degenerative Diseases

Amyloid deposition and cognitive function in Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Dr Melinda Jackson
RMIT University, Melbourne

Alzheimer's and Other Neuro Degenerative Diseases

Exercise, gene expression and Alzheimer's disease

Dr Belinda Brown
Edith Cowan University, Perth

Alzheimer's and Other Neuro Degenerative Diseases

Epigenetic signatures of nerve cells in Alzheimer's disease

Dr Phillipa Taberlay
University of Tasmania

Alzheimer's and Other Neuro Degenerative Diseases

Identifying biomarkers to predict poor cognitive ageing

Dr Sarah Spencer
RMIT University, Melbourne

Alzheimer's and Other Neuro Degenerative Diseases

Sleep apnea and Alzheimer's disease

A/Professor Elizabeth Coulson
University of QLD

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Dr Florence Chang
Westmead Hospital, NSW

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