Professor Letten F. Saugstad founded in 1986 the Letten Foundation and has been the chairman ever since. She oversees the grants, the investments and allocations of funds for the Foundation since it was established.
The Letten Foundation promotes basic research especially in the field of birth defects and certain aspects of mental illness which increases the knowledge of brain structure and function.
The Foundation also prioritizes studies of health effects associated with environmental pollution and other adversities that add to the understanding of the relation of man to his environment. The Letten Foundation gives educational grants, organizes international conferences and gives awards to outstanding achievements.