Donation to Brown University Will Boost Research Into Brain Diseases

Donation to Brown University Will Boost Research Into Brain Diseases
Brown University has received a $100 million donation from alumnus Robert J. Carney and Nancy D. Carney to advance research into some of the world’s most challenging diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease. The gift triggered a change in the name of the already well-established Brown Institute for Brain Science, to the new Robert J. and Nancy D. Carney Institute for Brain Science. The gift was described by Diane Lipscombe, PhD, a professor of neuroscience and director of the Carney Institute, as a transformative moment that is going to catapult Brown and its brain science institute. The Carneys are long-time supporters of Brown and are the donors of two endowed professorships — one in economics and another in neuroscience. This is the third $100 million gift Brown University has received in its 254-year history. “This is a signal moment when scientists around the world are poised to solve some of the most important puzzles of the human brain,” Christina Paxson, PhD, president of Brown University, said in a Brown University news story. “This extraordinarily generous gift will give Brown the resources to be at the forefront of this drive for new knowledge and therapies. We know that discoveries in brain science in the years to come will dramatically reshape human capabilities, and Brown will be a leader in this critical endeavor,” Paxson said. The new Carney Institute now will be able to accelerate hiring of leading faculty and post-doctoral researchers working in brain science, fund new high-impact studies, and
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