JBRF's March 2022 Newsletter Contents:

JBRF Launches

New Research Study

JBRF is thrilled to announce we have been selected for funding by the Milken Institute Center for Strategic Philanthropy and the Baszucki Brain Research Fund to advance research on bipolar disorder!


JBRF and our Research Director, Dr. Demitri Papolos, continue to lead the pack in cutting edge research into the causes of and treatments for childhood onset bipolar disorder and Fear of Harm with an exciting new study.


In recent years vagus nerve stimulation (known as VNS) has been shown to be effective in treating issues such as sleep disorders, anxiety, migraines, and more. Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a simple and painless at-home intervention that is entirely medication free. Gentle electrical impulses stimulate the vagus nerve, which 

passes through the ear, causing a mild tingling sensation. When activated, the vagus nerve system can increase feelings of relaxation and well being. In general this kind of stress reduction contributes to improvements in wellbeing and resilience.


Until now there's been little research into the use of vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) in treating bipolar disorder, and there's been no research into its effect on Fear of Harm and its symptoms. However, early case studies suggest that non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) might have an role to play in reducing symptoms of juvenile bipolar disorder and Fear of Harm, and JBRF's current study seeks to investigate its use. If demonstrated to be effective, vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) could someday become a tool in the fight against juvenile bipolar disorder and Fear of Harm.


JBRF is eager to hear from volunteers (or parents of volunteers) ages 6-22 who are willing to take part in this groundbreaking research project. If you'd like to be a part of it, please let us know by clicking the button below, or emailing us at 

JBRF Among Elite Grantees

In January of this year the Baszucki Brain Research Fund and the Milken Institute's Center for Strategic Philanthropy announced the awardees who were selected to receive this special funding to advance research on bipolar disorder.


JBRF is pleased to be in esteemed company with other awardees including:

  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Inc
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc.
  • Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Harvard College & Harvard Medical School
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Stanford University
  • University of California San Diego
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Southern California
  • Yale School of Medicine

Wednesday Webinars!

Coming Up in Two Weeks...

Join JBRF for March's Webinar:

Providing Care for Fear of Harm


Wednesday, March 23rd,

7:30-8:30pm eastern time


A webinar for mental health practitioners to learn more about how to identify, diagnose, and treat Fear of Harm effectively. Discussions will cover how to understand symptoms, how to help the families you work with, and how to find professional support for yourself as you navigate this new diagnosis. Families are also welcome to attend to learn more about how to work collaboratively with their treatment providers.

Professionals, you can request and receive a Certificate of Completion from JBRF after you've attended the webinar.


Fundraising Footnotes

All of us at JBRF send our deepest condolences to the Shepherd family on the loss of their loved one, Maria Elena.


Through the extraordinary generosity of Maria's friends and family, more than $2,000 was contributed to JBRF during the month of February in celebration of Maria's life. Their gifts help countless children and families as they struggle with bipolar disorder & Fear of Harm. All of us at JBRF are incredibly grateful.

You too can honor the memory of a loved one, or of any of the remarkable individuals memorialized on JBRF's In Memoriam page.


JBRF supports children and families suffering from bipolar disorder and

Fear of Harm through research, education, and outreach.

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