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“While a patient of Dr. John Mazziotta, my husband Jon and I became aware of plans to create the UCLA Brain Mapping Center and decided to fund the project. I was a psychology major in college and realized during that time that the brain is the most important element in the human experience. Since then, I have been interested in the understanding of the interactions of the parts of the human brain and how that understanding can address our current medical and societal challenges.

I am proud to have supported the BMC over the years. John has been a phenomenon in making it (the BMC) successful, in helping assemble world class people in the research field and contribute to the whole world’s knowledge of the mapping of the brain. He was a real pioneer in the use of new technology and its relevance to creating a universal map of the brain.”

--Lillian Lovelace


Mapping the human brain in health and disease is one of the most challenging activities of the 21st Century. No other organ has the complexity of the human brain nor the vast repertoire of behaviors and abnormalities associated with it.

Having the tools and faculty expertise to utilize every type of brain mapping technique is unique in the world and well established at UCLA in the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center. As such, the UCLA Brain Mapping Center is internationally respected for the quality and productivity of its faculty and trainees. Further, the UCLA Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center serves many other programs in the Neurology department, including all of those associated with diseases of the nervous system such as: stroke, epilepsy, brain tumors, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s diseases, multiple sclerosis, neurorehabilitation, neurodegeneration, neurotology and others. The UCLA Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center is also a strong collaborator with other departments in the School of Medicine including Radiology, Psychiatry and Neurosurgery and departments throughout the campus including psychology, Political Science and others. Through our Visiting Professor Program, the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center has had important international collaborations that have resulted in significant research breakthroughs.

Help the BMMRO and BMSF support major construction and renovations needed to maintain state-of-the-art brain mapping research facilities as well as upgrading and acquiring cutting-edge brain mapping research equipment for research use at the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center. Your donation can assist the BMMRO and BMSF with the recruitment of leading faculty in brain mapping to the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center. Your contribution can aid in the recruitment of guest speakers as part of the  brain mapping seminar series as well as international meetings on the topic of brain mapping involving Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center faculty. Your gift can also help fund specific brain mapping research projects to be conducted by the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center faculty.

There are numerous ways to give to the BMMRO and BMSF. Gifts can take the form of cash, securities, or other assets. Donors may wish to establish bequests, trusts, gifts in memory or celebration, naming opportunities or annuities. For assistance or further information about making a gift to the BMMRO and BMSF, contact us, browse our Planned Giving and Corporate Giving sections or simply donate now.

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Neuropsychiatric disorders are the most costly of all illnesses that affect the human population. Alzheimer’s disease alone will likely bankrupt the modern world by 2040 if strategies to delay its onset or ameliorate its symptoms are not identified. It is anticipated that by 2040 the cost of Alzheimer’s disease in the United States alone would exceed $1 trillion annually for the care of patients and lost wages of family members who have to oversee patients with moderate to severe dementia.

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States (the leading cause of death in some countries such as Japan) and the leading cause of disability in the United States. Psychiatric diseases produce family crises, individual hardships and societal problems that are obvious worldwide.

Depression with suicide and mania affects millions of families annually and the cost of care for such individuals is staggering. Without effective means to diagnose and treat these disorders, such problems will continue and perhaps increase. These are but a few examples of some of the populations served by brain mapping and the financial and humanitarian issues at hand that brain mapping can eventually alleviate. Your participation in the Brain Mapping Medical Research Organization and Support Foundation could be the critical factor for success. For further information, please contact us or donate now.

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“At age 29 I never thought the statement, 'You have an inoperable brain mass' would ever be something I would hear. 'Inoperable?' The doctors were giving up on me. I was given no hope for survival and mere weeks to live.

Through what I consider to be a true miracle, the incredible staff at the UCLA Department of Neurology heard of my case and opened their minds and their doors to give me another chance. Over ten years later, I write this testimony to the true heroes that saved my life and never gave up on me.

The technology of Brain Mapping has not only saved countless lives over the years, but it also gives hope to those who may face uncertainty in their future as well. That is a true miracle.

--Jill Haas



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