Welcome to the American Brain Coalition Website
The American Brain Coalition is a non-profit organization comprised of some of the United States’ leading professional neurological, psychological, and psychiatric associations and patient organizations. Together, we seek to advance the understanding of the functions of the brain, and to reduce the burden of brain disorders through public advocacy.
With an established presence in Washington, DC, the ABC will be a strong and powerful voice for the 50 million people with disabling brain disorders, bringing together organizations that represent concerned and interested patients, families, and professionals. This voice will be used to advocate for increased support of research that will lead to better treatment; services and support that will improve patients’ quality of life; as well as a national commitment towards finding cures for individuals with disabling neurological and psychiatric disorders.
On behalf of the 50 million patients who live with neurological and psychiatric disorders, we invite organizations that share our concerns and goals to join us in our advocacy efforts.
American Brain Coalition Submits Letter to the E+C 21 Century Cures Initiative
In October of 2014, the American Brain Coalition recently submitted a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee in response to their 21st Century Cures Initiative. The letter was crafted by a Task Force representing every segment of the ABC membership, then reviewed and approved by the ABC’s Advocacy Committee and Board. We are actively monitoring this Initiative, and will continue to update you.
View the NIH BRAIN Initiative Webinar Today!
Special panelists included National Institutes of Health (NIH) representatives Dr. Story Landis, Director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and Dr. Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health. Drs. Landis and Insel provided an update on the BRAIN Initiative, a summary of the recently-released BRAIN Initiative final report, and a description of some exciting new neuroscience advances developed with NIH support. A Q & A session followed.
View Drs. Landis and Insel’s slides from the webinar: Webinar Slides
Animals in Research
Humane and well-regulated animal research is an essential component in the development of treatments for brain diseases. Visit the ABC’s Animals in Research page for a sample policy and/or policy statement, as well as a number of additional resources.
The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN)
On April 2, 2013, President Obama announced a bold new research initiative, the Brain
Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. The BRAIN Initiative ultimately aims to help researchers find new ways to treat, cure, and prevent many diseases of the brain. The BRAIN Initiative will be a collaborative effort of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The ABC Board will continue to keep our members updated on this initiative.
Visit the following sites for more information:
White House Fact Sheet: BRAIN Initiative
The National Institutes of Health has also posted information about the new BRAIN Initiative
BrainFacts.org offers a new way for people of all ages to learn more about how the brain works, how it drives thought and behavior, and its role in brain diseases and disorders. BrainFacts.org, a public information initiative of The Kavli Foundation, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), features nearly 1,000 accessible, scientifically reviewed resources about the brain and mind.
The Brain Matters
Being diagnosed with a neurologic disorder can be overwhelming. So can sifting through countless resources for the right answers to your important questions. Visit TheBrainMatters.org to help you and your family understand your condition and why the brain matters.
Immunofluorescence image reflecting the expression of the CB1 cannabinoid receptor (blue) in nestin-positive mouse hippocampal progenitors (green) that coexpress GFAP (red). In addition, CB1 is also present in differentiated astrocytes nestin-GFAP+ and other double-negative cells.
Photo courtesy of: Tania Aguado, Javier Palazuelos, Krisztina Monory, Nephi Stella, Benjamin Cravatt, Beat Lutz, Giovanni Marsicano, Zaal Kokaia, Manuel Guzmán, and Ismael Galve-Roperh, 2006, The Journal of Neuroscience 26: 1551-1561. Copyright © 2006, The Journal of Neuroscience. All rights reserved.