What happened in 2016

2016 was a landmark year for Brain Research Trust, with many changes and success stories from research to fundraising. It marked the contribution of £2.11 million for neurological research.

Internally, Brain Research Trust welcomed new CEO Caroline Blakely, who comes with a wealth of experience in the charity sector having previously spent over a decade working at Children with Cancer UK.

World-leading neuroscientist Professor Rob Brownstone took his post as our Chair of Neurosurgery at UCL Institute of Neurology and joined our Scientific Advisory Panel. His role is to accelerate surgical research into brain conditions, with his laboratory at the forefront of investigating how movement is affected by neurological conditions.

In the Virgin Money London Marathon, our fantastic 39 runners raised £97,000 for the charity which was a record. One of our runners, Jordan Watterson raised an amazing £6,500 in memory of his father to help fund neurological research to improve the treatment.

2016 celebrated the truly magnificent Atlantic Castaways, who completed their incredible voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, raising £46,000 in the process. Jack Galsworthy and Freddie Wright rowed for 47 days in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge to finish 10th out of 26 competitors, and became record holders for being the youngest pair to row across the ocean. Both decided to raise money for Brain Research Trust as people close to them live with neurological conditions.

In addition to these events, we also had other hugely successful Great North Run, RideLondon-Surrey 100, individuals and teams raising money on behalf of us, whether a run, cycle, swim, cake sale and more!

Our commitment to funding PhD students to study clinical neuroscience continued with a further £330,000 being awarded to three new students. Three of our funded students graduated their PHD successfully, including Dr Sarah Wiethoff, whose research into casual genes, genetic risks and modifier genes produced some successful results including identification into new disease genes. These results were published in numerous journals.

And for 2017…

Positive changes are happening with our charity, and the first most notable change is our visual identity, with our new strapline ‘Inspiring progress, together’.

To add to the fresh feel of our brand, you might have noticed our new website. We have made donating, fundraising, applications and all general enquiries much more accessible and user friendly.

We aim to provide more content on our social streams via imagery and videos so make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

And finally, we aim to fund more neurological research, to improve treatments and the quality of life for people living with brain conditions.