John T. Bruer is the president of the James S. McDonnell Foundation in St. Louis, Missouri. The Foundation awards $18 Million annually in support of biomedical science, education, and international projects. Dr. Bruer is the first full-time professional to head the McDonnell Foundation and has developed and initiated major new programs for the Foundation.
In collaboration with the Pew Charitable Trusts, Bruer established the McDonnell-Pew Program in Cognitive Neuroscience, a new-mind brain science that links systems neuroscience and psychology in the study of human cognition. His program Cognitive Studies for Educational Practice supports applications of cognitive science to improve educational outcomes. He has also involved the Foundation in international programs to control Hepatitis-B in developing countries and to alleviate effects of chronic disease and malnutrition on children’s mental development.