Illustration of a nerve cell

Facts & figures

About us

  • 1985 Established
  • Launched by Joseph Heller Author of Catch-22

Nerve Research Foundation

Support research into diseases of the nervous system
We foster research efforts into important neurological diseases including multiple sclerosis, peripheral neuropathy and Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, stroke, motor neurone disease and several hereditary disorders.

About us

We raise funds for research into diseases of the nervous system, so that better management and treatment can be developed and to raise public and medical awareness of these conditions.

We enjoy a broad base of neuroscience expertise – both clinical and basic, and our research efforts include all branches of neurological disease.


Scientific committee

Honorary governors

  • Rikki O’Neill

Honorary life members

  • David Jacobs
  • Rikki O’Neill
  • Ruth Kerr OAM
  • Tony Carroll KCSG AM.

Research projects

We're currently supporting important research in:

  • multiple sclerosis
  • peripheral neuropathy and Alzheimer's disease
  • diffuse gliomas
  • frontotemporal dementia
  • pain management and photobiomodulation (PBM)
  • motor neurone disease.

Download our 2018 annual report (pdf, 3.7mb) to read about our current research projects.

Make a donation

A gift to the Nerve Research Foundation will help support critical research. 

Donations over $2 are tax deductible. Make a donation online or contact us:

Phone: +61 2 9114 4018
Email: or

We also welcome planned or deferred gifts, which include bequests, annuities, and trusts. Visit our page on gifts in wills and bequests for more information.