PNI Foundation

Supporting neuroscience progress and innovation

Our Mission

To significantly advance neuroscience clinical care through novel treatment approaches that optimize brain health and quality of life, to train the next generation of neuroscientists and clinicians, and to educate patients and the community at large on vital neuroscience issues.


Neurological disorders pose some of the greatest challenges in medicine. While progress is clearly being made, these life-changing and often life-ending ailments continue to directly or indirectly impact a large portion of our society. Pacific Neuroscience Institute Foundation (PNIF) has partnered with Saint John’s Health Center Foundation (SJHCF) to address the growing need for innovative neuroscience solutions. Working together, the two Foundations aim to profoundly change the standard of care and enhance the quality of life for patients with these daunting conditions, including benign and malignant brain tumors, pituitary tumors and related hormonal disorders, neurodegenerative diseases (including Alzheimer’s dementia), stroke and other neurovascular diseases, adult hydrocephalus syndromes, vision and hearing disorders, facial pain syndromes, movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor, as well as anxiety, depression, neuromuscular and autoimmune syndromes.

The Pacific Neuroscience Institute Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization governed by a board of directors who collaborate to assure the effective governance of the Foundation and successful execution of its mission.

PNI Foundation support extends across multiple areas of need at PNI, including fueling innovative, translational and clinical research projects, clinical trials support, peer-reviewed publications, database infrastructure, neuroanatomical skills laboratory, fellowship training, faculty recruitment, patient education and community outreach. In collaboration with John Wayne Cancer Institute (JWCI), the PNI and SJHC Foundations are specifically focused on advancing the care of patients with primary and metastatic brain tumors, and to support training and education in neurosurgery, neuro-oncology and related disciplines.

Supporting PNI Makes A Difference

Why Support Pacific Neuroscience Institute?

  • Unique time in the neurosciences, neuro-oncology, biotechnology and bioinformatics to accelerate and advance novel treatments including minimally invasive keyhole surgical techniques, device technologies, and drug development
  • Unique team of innovative and experienced clinicians and neuroscientists who are recognized world-leaders in minimally invasive brain surgery, targeted neuro-oncology treatments, clinical trials and brain tumor genomics
  • Unique bond with SJHCF and JWCI to advance neuro-oncology translational research and neurosurgical training in minimally invasive surgical skills and approaches
  • Unique place with neuroscience collaboration, innovation and discovery “under one roof”
  • Unique opportunity to support a team of devoted and creative clinician-scientists focused on disruptive neuro-innovations to change the “standard of care” across the neurosciences

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Neuroanatomical Surgical Skills Laboratory

The new PNI neuroanatomical surgical skills laboratory is located in the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center. Under the direction of Garni Barkhoudarian, MD, the lab serves as a premier research and teaching facility with a mission that extends beyond brain surgery to encompass multidisciplinary specialties.

The lab goals are four-fold:

  1. Educating clinical fellows, both nationally and internationally.
  2. Advancing surgical approaches.
  3. Developing new surgical products.
  4. Providing advanced education to established surgeons worldwide through conferences and symposia.

PNI faculty members conduct neurosurgical anatomy courses that demonstrate techniques and tools used in minimally invasive surgical approaches for brain, skull base and pituitary tumor removal.

This state-of-the-art space is the site of practice and observational opportunities for visiting faculty, clinical and international research fellows, and interns. Lab manager, Josh Emerson, provides guidance with dissections. He also serves as PNI’s medical illustrator and animator.

The PNI Art Program

PNI and the William Turner Gallery in Santa Monica, participate in an ongoing partnership to bring contemporary artwork into our outpatient clinic at 2125 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, CA. Permanent installations and rotating pieces create a soothing and inspiring atmosphere for our patients.

Thank You To Our Donors

Our donors make our mission possible. Thank you for all you do to support Pacific Neuroscience Institute.

Our ability to accelerate progress in prevention, treatment, and research across the neurosciences is made possible because of your ongoing friendship and support. Your gifts help pave the way for us to revolutionize the neurosciences and to create lasting changes that will advance one of the final frontiers of medicine.

Dr. Kelly visiting with his senior patient
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Pacific Neuroscience Institute Foundation
2125 Arizona Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404

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