KNRF-Kiwanis Neuroscience Research Foundation

The Kiwanis Neuroscience Research Foundation (formally known as Spastic Paralysis Research Foundation) was organized in 1952. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide financial grants to top-level researchers specializing in diseases of the central nervous system. Grant recipients are located in the I-I District. They make application to the Foundation for financial support of a project, the application is reviewed by Medical Director Dr. Rodger Elble and the Foundation Ffficers. Typical grants are then pledged for $20,000 a year over a 3-5 year period. Each researcher provides annual written reports on the progress of their research to the Medical Director. Grants are given to the researcher, not the institution, with direction that the funds are not to be applied to the administrative costs of the institution, but specifically to the cost of the project. The annual grant budget for the Foundation is about $250,000 annually. The foundation has its own Board, made up of KNRF Officers, the I-I District Officers, 3 Past Governor’s and 3 Past Lieutenant Governors.  The I-I District Circle K and Key Club Governors are also honorary members of the Foundation Board.

What is Neuroscience?
Neuroscience Research has included studying diseases such as brain tumors, spina bifida, Alzheimer, genetic causes of mental retardation such as fragile x syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, stroke rehabilitation, neonatal care and developmental disabilities of prematurely born infants. Other research has been purely scientific in the development of medical equipment and techniques used to study the nervous system.

The Kiwanis Neuroscience Research Foundation is a charitable organization as defined under section 501 (c)(3) of the IRS Code, so contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible.

History of the Foundation: 1952-2002 (download now)

OUR mission
Find cures and improve the overall health and welfare of individuals afflicted with diseases
of the nervous system.
Diseases Include:
• Fragile X mental retardation
• Spastic paralysis in children
• Spina bifida
• Autism
• Tremor disorders
• Hearing loss
• Alzheimer’s disease