BrainFutures is increasing the range of therapeutic options available to the public by bridging the gap between research, innovation and practice and by providing rigorous and unbiased information about advances in brain health and cutting-edge care that is transforming patient outcomes.
BrainFutures is a national nonprofit formed to assess and advance the practical application of neuroscience research to improve human outcomes. It was launched in 2015 by the nation’s second oldest mental health advocacy organization, the Mental Health Association of Maryland (MHAMD). For 103 years, our parent organization has worked to help people with behavioral health problems get better. As a citizen advocacy organization we offer objective assessment; public education; and a platform for policy and systems change.
BrainFutures has held two successful national brain health conferences to raise awareness of the application and results of new science, developing a cross disciplinary network of leaders to advance proven and promising innovations. With support from researchers, advocates, and clinicians, BrainFutures officially became a nonprofit organization in 2016.
Breakthroughs in our understanding of the brain have the potential to improve learning outcomes for children, maintain sharp thinking as we age, optimize functioning at work, and enhance treatment for a mental health or substance use problem. In the coming months, this webpage will feature educational resources on the latest advances in brain plasticity and how their application is transforming quality of life for people of all ages.