Only recently did I become familiar with the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.
And now, I know why. This organization was formally NARSAD.
They were originally founded in 1987, and are paramount to the progress of treatment for bipolar disorder.
One of the most important things we can do to understand bipolar disorder is research.
We need to study the brain, medications, new technologies, and ways to better track and control our symptoms.
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation has awarded more than $300 million in over 4,000 NARSAD grants to more than 3,7000 scientists around the world.
Their mission is powerful: “Committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs of scientific research”.
I am a big fan.
That is an organization that understands bipolar disorder. We want to alleviate the suffering.
In addition to bipolar disorder, BBR provides grants for chronic illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, PTSD, and autism.
100% of funds received go to research. I find that hard to come by.
Thanks to the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation and their NARSAD grants, amazing breakthroughs in brain research have been discovered in the past 26 years:
- Clozapine for treatment-resistant schizophrenia
- Brain imaging used to investigate brain changes in depressed patients
- Establishment of “brain plasticity”
- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for depressed patients
- Demonstration that antidepressants correct abnormal brain function
- Targeted medication improves the effects of psychotherapy
If you are interested in supporting the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, there are several suggested ways to do so:
- Make a donation. You can do so through their website and by mail. Again, 100% of your contribution goes to research.
- Start an event in your community to raise awareness and raise funds
- Honor a loved one in their memorial/tribute section of the BBR website
- Become a research partner
It’s very important to recognize the organizations that are doing genuine good for the future of bipolar disorder and other brain disorders.
The more we learn, the smarter we get. The smarter we get, the better we attack bipolar disorder head on.
Is medical research vital to the future of treatment for bipolar disorder?