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Inaugural BrainHealth Scientist Selection Luncheon Honoring Ramona Jones Awards Visionary Young Researchers

Debbie Francis, Ramona Jones and Sandi Chapman, PhD, attend the first Ramona Jones Friends of BrainHealth Luncheon in 2023.

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Glenn Hunter


The inaugural Ramona Jones Friends of BrainHealth Scientist Selection Luncheon was held on October 2, 2023 to honor founding BrainHealth Advisory Board member Ramona Jones' commitment to BrainHealth research. This year, Jones' children began sponsoring the annual luncheon in honor of her 95th birthday.


"I am 95. The most important thing is, I am enjoying good health." Ramona Jones
The event featured presentations by emerging brain health researchers as they competed for a prestigious Visionary New Scientist Award, made possible by the Friends of BrainHealth donor circle. The group raised a record-breaking $414,000 in this fiscal year, and surprised attendees by announcing they would award not one, but two, seedling grants to support novel brain health research. PhD student Jane Lung received the 2023 Jennifer and Peter Roberts Visionary New Scientist Award, and recent graduate Zhengsi Chang, PhD, was awarded the 2023 Maisie Heiken Visionary New Scientist Award. Read the full article on My Sweet Charity

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Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD

Chief Director Dee Wyly Distinguished Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences Co-Leader, The BrainHealth Project

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2023 Winners

Up-and-coming researchers vied for funding during a special 2023 contest, kicking off a five-year sponsorship by founding advisory board member Ramona Jones. This year's winners will conduct life-changing pilot studies to investigate music’s impact on young minds, whether workspace clutter affects attention, and new methods for early Alzheimer’s detection.