We at Families for BPD Research applaud the Foundation’s decision. BBRF supports the most promising ground-breaking mental illness research. We are greatly encouraged about possible research advances and how these advances could brighten the future of our loved ones.
“Research in neurobiology would be one of the most important things to us. Something happens in the brain; if they can figure out exactly WHAT, maybe they can figure out how to cure it or how to prevent it from happening in the first place… We are determined to do what we can to help keep others from experiencing what Brice and our family have experienced.” – Susan and Craig Clendening (parents)
Funding is pivotal for increasing the small number of young BPD investigators, and achieving research breakthroughs in the disorder. Dr. Emily Ansell, one of the many YIs whom we have funded through our partnership, states the dire situation succinctly in a letter to us:
“My grant proposal has been in search of a “funding home” but had been met by a great deal of skepticism for its novelty and its focus on BPD patients. BPD research is so severely under-funded that many of us who are early in our careers are often frustrated to the point of setting aside research proposals on BPD in favor of other avenues. This proposal would have met the same fate if it were not for your participation in the Researcher Partners Program.”