Brain science is the least explored of all of our sciences. Considering the brain is the organ we use to consider, it is ironic how little we know about it. It is natural to fear the unknown, and no surprise that there is a lot of trepidation, stigma, labeling, and fear associated with the invisible diseases of the brain that we call “mental”. The Avielle Foundation is committed to making the invisible, visible. We are doing this by supporting scientific research to understand the chemistry and structure of the brain as it pertains to violent and compassionate behavior; encouraging innovative and imaginative youth to move into the field of brain health understanding and study; and to help re-frame how we talk about brain health. We are also committed to giving a voice to the researchers in the field of brain health science as it pertains to gender with the publication Violence and Gender. In essence we are here to provide opportunities to grow our understanding of how we view brain health, from a scientific standpoint, and to share this knowledge with engaged communities everywhere.
The Avielle Foundation is proud to fund and support some of the most promising brain science research labs in the world. Part of the mission is to prevent violence through brain health research in order to understand why someone would engage in harmful behavior. In the field of brain health, too little is known about what drives violent behaviors. We hope to better understand the biological and environmental factors associated with violence in order to discover protective factors that promote compassion. To accomplish this, the foundation provides research grants to labs around the world that are working to further the field of brain health.
TAF interns range from 14 to 24 years old and live all across the country (and sometimes outside the country). We are extremely fortunate to have their insight and help as our future depends on the imaginations of our youth. They have been helping us champion our mission to prevent violence and build compassion through promoting neuroscience research, community engagement, and education. The Avielle Foundation is heavily science-based and these engaged youth have been lending insights to understand the neural basis of violence and compassion, as well as educating communities about brain health. In addition, they have also brought to the forefront a wide range of skills and interests including, education into how a non-profit functions, marketing, website design, merchandise, branding, fundraising management, program design, operations and obviously scientific research.
As stated in our mission, TAF is committed to preventing violence and building compassion through brain science research, community engagement and education. To this end, the foundation wants individuals with novel ideas and research to be able to share their knowledge across all communities. Presenting travel awards to individuals not only educates, but also connects and engages audiences around the globe. These awards are not limited to neuroscience specifically but rather brain heath on a much broader scale including psychology, psychiatry, therapy, and public health, all with the goal to reduce the fear and negative stigmas surrounding brain health and to encourage folks to seek help for themselves and their loved ones.
Along with research grants awarded to labs, The Avielle Foundation aims to promote community engagement and education through brain health awareness. Campaigns, initiatives, and studies that aim to educate understand the underpinnings of violence and compassion, as well as share this information with the public, are necessary to further brain health awareness. Partnership opportunities with the foundation to help promote and build these efforts are welcomed. These could include but are not limited to PSAs, advertisements, creative branding, training, workshops, educational events, and seminars. To inquire or share ideas about public health please write to [email protected].