Stanford Synapse is a student-run service organization based at Stanford University and a chapter of Synapse National.

The mission of Stanford Synapse is twofold:

To provide individuals with acquired brain injuries with support, exposure to additional resources, and opportunities to connect with and learn from one another

To provide Stanford students with an opportunity to serve as leaders within the local community and learn about the patient perspective of living with a brain injury.

We strive to achieve these goals by fostering the formation of supportive relationships between undergraduates and individuals with acquired brain injuries. Our group’s initiatives include the Brain Injury Peer Support Group, the Concussion Peer Support Group, a buddy program matching individuals with brain injury with Stanford student buddies, social events to foster community and provide social support, lectures to raise public awareness about brain injury, and more! Please visit the links at the top of the page to learn more about our group.

An acquired brain injury (ABI) is brain damage caused by events after birth rather than as part of a genetic or congenital disorder. Examples include concussion and other traumatic brain injuries (TBI), stroke, brain tumors, infection and poisoning.

We recently held "I Love My Brain," a conference focused on brain injury support and awareness. You can read more about the event in a recent article by Stanford Medicine's Blog.