A Foundation Focused on Brain Tumors

The Brain Science Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded by Steven and Kathleen Haley in 2002 based on a realization that little is known in the medical world about meningioma and other primary brain tumors and a desire to fast-forward research on them.

The study of meningioma represents a greatly underserved area of research. The Brain Science Foundation is working to close this gap in an entrepreneurial way by leveraging targeted, multi-disciplinary support for research, education and patient care simultaneously. In partnership with the Institute for the Neurosciences at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, the BSF facilitates ground-breaking progress on a number of fronts:

  • Developing, executing, and monitoring a strategic, highly responsive grant program that includes basic, clinical, and epidemiological research;
  • Creating a one-of-a kind center focused on meningioma – The Meningioma Center of Excellence at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital;
  • Expanding the number of investigators in the field by supporting researchers in the early stages of their careers;
  • Heightening awareness among all Foundation constituents—donors, patients, health care providers, and researchers—about meningiomas and other primary brain tumors.

Mission & History

The Brain Science Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for meningioma and other primary brain tumors and to advancing the understanding of brain function as it relates to these tumors. The Brain Science Foundation supports the work and goals of the Institute for the Neurosciences at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in basic and clinical research, promising new diagnostic methods, treatments, and opportunities to improve the quality of patient care.

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The Brain Science Foundation has a strategic advantage rooted in the depth of experience and entrepreneurial spirit embodied in its boards. Members of the Board of Trustees and the Advisory Committee operate with a sense of urgency in mission and demonstrate high levels of commitment, engagement, adaptability, ownership and accountability.

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Major Accomplishments

The Brain Science Foundation makes grants to support brain tumor research, treatment, and patient care. The BSF’s strong working relationship with Brigham & Women’s Hospital and its affiliates allows the Foundation to access the latest thinking in a multi-disciplinary approach to meningioma and other primary brain tumor research and treatment. The BSF is able to fill a critical gap by funding innovations and “seed” projects that other granting agencies would not fund until greater evidence of success is generated.

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