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Understanding the Origins of Violence

In the wake of recent mass shootings, Ameé had an opportunity to speak with Nick Hoffman, Imagination Officer with The Avielle Foundation.

The Mission of the Avielle Foundation is to prevent violence and build compassion through neuroscience research, community engagement, and education. And it was founded after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012 by two parents who lost their only child that day. 

The Avielle Foundation accomplishes this mission by directing efforts and resources in two areas. First, the Avielle Foundation provides financial support of breakthrough neuroscience research, bridging biochemical and behavioral sciences, and making the neurosciences a prestigious and lucrative life endeavor. And second, knowing that action is as important as education, The Avielle Foundation fosters community engagement and education initiatives that empower youth, parents, teachers, health care providers, law enforcement – the everyday citizen – to advocate for brain health in themselves and others.

In this episode, Ameé speaks with Nick about some of the important studies The Avielle Foundation has supported and touch on the results of those studies that provide the evidence needed to understand why some people become violent and others don't.

In this episode you will hear:

  • The history and mission of The Avielle Foundation

  • Research projects supported that study the origins of violence

  • What kinds of projects funded by The Avielle Foundation

  • How to support The Avielle Foundation and how to apply for grants



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