There has been a growing interest in alternative approaches for treating neurological conditions. NeuroCAM (neuroscience + complementary and alternative modalities) has often been dismissed as a treatment option due to an absence of credible scientific research investigating the efficacy of “CAM”, not because it has been proven ineffective. Branch Out Neurological Foundation seeks to fill this gap in the scientific literature by funding innovative and high-quality research that explores nutraceuticals, mind-body and personalized medicine as it relates to the nervous system. In doing so, we believe that supporting neuroCAM research conducted at the highest scientific standards will generate reliable data for physicians and patients, allowing for informed decisions about all potential treatment options.
Types of Research We Fund
Explores a phenomenon and makes discoveries. Basic science is essential as it forms the foundation upon which translational research and clinical trials are built on. Basic science guides translational research by providing a better understanding of the phenomenon that is dysfunctional in various conditions. After all, how can one hope to fix a problem they don’t understand in the first place?
Takes what has been executed in the lab and makes it useful for people in everyday life. Within clinical contexts, translational research explores why and how interventions work. This knowledge is in turn used to establish whether or not an intervention should be tested in a clinical trial (it can include what is known as pre-clinical trials).
Formal tests to determine the efficacy of an intervention, usually involving collaboration between a research team and practicing clinicians. These studies are often the basis upon which physicians will make decisions about a patient’s treatments.
Modalities We Support
Investigates the effects of nutrition and naturally occurring substances on the nervous system. Certain foods have nutrients that might be harmful or beneficial in certain conditions.
Mind and Body
Explores the relationship between psychology (mental functions and behaviour) and physiology (the functions and activities of living things).
Explores why and how treatment effectiveness (either traditional or neuroCAM) varies between individuals. It can then help health practitioners make informed decisions for individual cases. This often involves the development of novel assessment techniques sensitive to small changes in specific aspects of a disorder.
Utilizing and developing technology to assess and manage disorders, as well as offer innovative non-pharmaceutical ways to deliver holistic treatments.