Violence: Understand It To End It
We have established the Avielle Foundation to address the causes of violence and to foster compassion through a focus on brain health. We work 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. Through research, we will 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 build protective factors within ourselves, advocate for our loved ones, and create stronger communities.
Making the Invisible Visible
To create this hope, The Avielle Foundation funds neuroscience, clinical, and public health research. We have a research and program grant selection process to determine where the Avielle Foundation funds are distributed. Many of the world’s leaders in neuroscience, neurology, psychiatry, clinical psychology, social work, emotional intelligence, and education serve on our selection committee. Successful applicants are chosen in one of two areas:
- Novel neuroscience, clinical, or public health research focused on understanding the biochemical and behavioral mechanisms of violence and compassion.
- 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.
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.