Research Program

The Foundation was created by Victor & Lynne Brick honoring Victor's brother John, who suffered from schizophrenia and prematurely succumbed from a lack of integrated health care, as do many patients with severe mental illnesses. The Foundation is dedicated to advancing research towards a comprehensive scientific understanding of relationships between exercise and mental health.

The Foundation will support a program of studies for that purpose, and the dissemination and application of results. The philosophy of the Foundation is to listen to and learn from participant inputs and suggestions, and to conduct research studies in an open and transparent way.

The Foundation will serve as a communication platform and Collaboration Hub (see below), accelerating objective and participatory scientific research on how exercise, diet, relationships, and health care fit together to benefit mental health. The research goal of the Foundation is to learn more about the connections, both simple and complex, between exercise and mental health, and openly share that knowledge with research participants and the public.

The social purpose of the foundation is to increase public learning and awareness of how exercise is fundamental to mental health, and from that awareness, increase the number of individuals who regularly exercise and gain mental health benefits.

The research scope of the Foundation include answering questions about health services, policy, and management, as well as how web and mobile technology can be effectively used and evolved. In seeking to facilitate integration of research, education, and services, to contribute to the national health care goal of better care, better health, and lower costs, use of information technology is a major aspect.

Collaboration Hub: To accomplish this goal, the Foundation intends to establish a state-of-the-art center for in-depth research on exercise and mental health. A key aspect of the center is to serve as a collaborative hub for local, regional, and global partners and collaborators interested in this research area and application to practice. Planned benefits to participants include:

  • promoting research collaboration between institutions
  • strengthening proposals and likelihood of funding
  • supporting a general implementation science methodology
  • jointly meeting criteria of potential donors
  • a central resource for individual research study operations and productivity
  • recruiting subjects into studies
  • providing modern consent engagement, tracking, and knowledge workflow
  • a secure yet user-friendly way for researchers to share and access research data sets
  • supporting translational processes and activities
  • a scientific data foundation for individualized services to the community.