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Founded in 1999 by Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD, the Center for BrainHealth® at The University of Texas at Dallas is a nonprofit research institute dedicated to advancing the science of brain health: how the brain best learns, reasons and innovates; actionable ways to protect it from decline; and proactive protocols to repair and regenerate brain systems. 

Since its inception, more than $100 million dollars in research and translational funding have been garnered from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, DARPA, National Science Foundation, Health and Human Services, the state of Texas, private philanthropy, corporations and foundations. 

Our Highest Honors

2018 Legacy Award Dinner honoring Admiral (ret.) William H. McRaven.

Legacy Award

Unwavering passion and dedication for brain health

Since 2006, the Legacy Award has recognized individuals whose unwavering passion and dedication enable the Center for BrainHealth® to generate a sustainable impact on brain health in Dallas and beyond.

As BrainHealth's highest non-science honor, the prize symbolizes the lasting mark left by the recipient’s pioneering spirit and enduring vision. These individuals have made momentous contributions to groundbreaking research and interventions, their steadfast determination energizing the center’s mission to protect and heal the brain throughout the lifespan. This distinguished cadre share a vision of future generations empowered to prioritize brain health, and they have championed countless individuals in realizing their brain potential. More on Legacy →

Created in 2010 and offered jointly by Center for BrainHealth and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley, the Branch Award honors neuroscientists who have made tremendous breakthroughs in brain discoveries and are luminaries advancing brain health research.

Charles L. Branch BrainHealth Award

Unparalleled Breakthroughs in Brain Research

The award was created in 2010 to honor Dr. Branch for his lifetime achievement as a distinguished neurosurgeon, prolific scholar, and generous humanitarian. Each year, the Center for BrainHealth bestows the award upon a pioneering neuroscientist whose innovation has made a tremendous contribution to the area of brain research.

More on Branch →

Your Brain's Upward Potential

One’s intellect was once thought to be fixed, and people only considered the brain after health was lost, such as through brain injury or early stages of disease.

The center’s interdisciplinary team of experts is at the forefront of an entirely new field focused on the brain's lifelong upward potential. 

Our team is boldly impatient to bring proven discoveries to the public at the earliest time possible. Who does not want to know how to build resilience, lengthen years of cognitive robustness, and regain brain energy to maximize the potential of our most vital organ?

Explore our pioneering science. Participate in our programs and events. Join The BrainHealth Project. Begin your BrainHealth journey today.