The Kiwanis Neuroscience Research Foundation (formally the Spastics Paralysis Research Foundation) was organized in 1952. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide financial grants to top level medical and scientific researchers specializing in spastic paralysis and other diseases of the central nervous system.


Grant recipients are located in proximity to the Illinois-Eastern Iowa District. They make application to the Foundation for financial support of a project, the application is reviewed by the Medical Director, Dr. Rodger Elble and the Foundation officers. Typical grants are then pledged for $20,000 a year over a 3 to 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 $300,000 annually. The foundation has its own Board, made up of the I-I District Officers and 3 Lieutenant Governors, in addition to three of the medical researchers.  The I-I District Circle K and Key Club Governors are also honorary members of the Foundation Board.

The Illinois-Eastern Iowa District 

Kiwanis Neuroscience Research Foundation


Adaptive Vehicles for Special Needs Kids July 30th in Chicago at the Shriners Hospital. It's a project sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of River Forest & Oak Park in conjunction with the I-I District Kiwanis Neuroscience Research Foundation and the Illinois Spina Bifida Association. 12 adapted vehicles were built. To learn more about GoBabyGo checkout the video.

Camp Independence On TV


The Camp Independence story was on Chicago's Channel 7 ABC Eyewitness News. LINK 



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