BrainFutures is increasing the range of therapeutic and well-being options available to the public by bridging the gap between research, innovation, and practice and by providing rigorous analysis about advances in brain health that are transforming productivity, learning and recovery outcomes.
BrainFutures is a national nonprofit dedicated to improving human outcomes by assessing and advancing the practical applications of new scientific understanding of the brain. As a citizen advocacy organization, we enlist specialists to offer rigorous assessment of—and education about—brain-based interventions that target specific segments of society. By providing objective evidence-based information about what works and clearing policy and practice pathways, we aim to maximize human potential and ameliorate pressing social challenges.
BrainFutures was launched in 2015 by the nation’s second oldest mental health advocacy organization, the Mental Health Association of Maryland (MHAMD). For more than 100 years, MHAMD has addressed the mental health needs of Marylanders of all ages through programs that educate the public, advance public policy, and monitor the quality of mental healthcare services. Building on this success, and bolstered by a cross-disciplinary advisory board of leading experts, BrainFutures brings together diverse stakeholders, policymakers, funders, and influencers to accelerate and scaffold national adoption of effective practices targeting four main areas:
Breakthroughs in our understanding of the brain have the potential to improve learning outcomes for children, optimize functioning at work, enhance treatment for a mental health or substance use problem, and maintain sharp thinking as we age.
BrainFutures writes evidence-based issue briefs and releases recommendations that fill knowledge gaps related to brain-focused applications targeting the above segments of society. These educational resources highlight the latest advances in brain plasticity and how their application is transforming quality of life for people of all ages. Through this process, we not only gain insight from experts and innovators, we also foster support for change, building coalitions and cross-disciplinary collaborations to advance both adoption and access to new breakthrough applications. Ultimately, by informing the public, cultivating influential relationships, and connecting communities of diverse advocates we help propel the change that is needed to make meaningful progress.