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WHAT DO WE DO? FUND RESEARCH “One of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation’s many important roles is the distribution of research grants to qualified researchers. Their studies will eventually have a profound impact on patients by saving lives and improving outcomes.” David J. Chalif, MD, North Shore University Hospital, New York 6 Research is the key to better understanding the causes of brain aneurysms and discovering new, better ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat this condition and its complications, as well as to improve care and services for patients and families. Following a rigorous review process led by members of our Medical Advisory Board, each year the Brain Aneurysm Foundation awards grants to researchers worldwide who are focused on a broad range of important priorities, including new treatments and technologies, patients’ outcomes, and investigations of the underlying causes of brain aneurysms, to cite just a few. In 2016, for example, we awarded grants totaling more than $310,000 to researchers investigating the prevention of chronic depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in patients and their caregivers; a blood-based biomarker for early brain aneurysm detection; and a new intervention to reduce brain injury following rupture. Over the past ten years, the Brain Aneurysm Foundation has awarded nearly $2 million to basic, clinical, and “bench-to-bedside” translational brain aneurysm research. This research has led to important insights about brain aneurysms, which have been shared with the international medical community through many published scholarly articles. We are now the largest private funder of brain aneurysm research in the nation.