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Violence: Understand it to end it

We are working closely with world leaders in brain health research to study the brain and to understand why someone would engage in harmful behavior. The brain is the organ that houses our memories, feelings, and behaviors. Therefore, if a behavior is abnormal, it must be the result of abnormal brain chemistry and structure. Through research, we hope to better understand the biological and environmental factors associated with these abnormal behaviors and how one can protect against them to build compassion, kindness, connection, and resilience. Hope stems from understanding, and with this hope, we can actively build protective factors within ourselves, advocate for our loved ones, and create stronger communities.

Making the Invisible Visible

The Avielle Foundation is funding neuroscience, clinical, and public health research to identify and understand brain pathologies and environmental risk factors that lead to aggression and violence, and to foster individual and community-based protective factors that help prevent violence and, most importantly, lead to compassion, kindness, resilience, health, wellness, and protection of our loved ones.

We have a research and program grant selection process to determine where the Avielle Foundation funds are distributed. Successful applicants are chosen in one of two areas:

  1. Novel neuroscience or clinical research focused on understanding the biochemical and behavioral mechanisms of violence and/or compassion.
  2. Innovative public health, education, awareness, or engagement programs that foster protective factors and build compassion or focus on effective strategies to prevent, intervene, or cure violence. These public health program implementation and evaluation grants ensure that our knowledge is brought to the everyday citizen and serves our communities in a practical, evidence-based manner. 

Many of the world’s leaders in neuroscience, neurology, psychiatry, clinical psychology, social work, emotional intelligence, and education serve on our selection committee, reviewing and prioritizing research fellow recipients.

To learn more about our currently funded research programs and available opportunitiesClick HERE.

Change your ‘Braintality’

We have established the Avielle Foundation to address the causes of violence and to foster compassion through a focus on brain health. To learn more CLICK HERE