Funds to strengthen public/private BRAIN Initiative; establish new neuroscience institutes at Johns Hopkins University, The Rockefeller University and the University of California, San Francisco.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thursday, October 1 – The Kavli Foundation and its university partners announced today the commitment of more than $100 million in new funds to enable research aimed at deepening our understanding of the brain and brain-related disorders, such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI), Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
OCTOBER 1st, 9:30 – 11:00 am EDT
BOLSTERING BRAIN RESEARCH INVESTMENT
Live before the symposium, a bipartisan briefing on a new commitment to support brain research.
ON OCTOBER 1, 2-5 pm EDT, THE KAVLI FOUNDATION WILL HOST “NEUROSCIENCE IN THE 21st CENTURY.”
This special “mini-symposium” will look at the future of neuroscience and the BRAIN Initiative by hearing from some of the nation’s top neuroscientists, as well as leaders from key federal funding agencies. Moderated by Alan Leshner, CEO Emeritus, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
This symposium will be webcast live. To view the webcast, please return to this page and if necessary, refresh your screen. It will also be archived and available at a later time for viewing.
“We are delighted to announce this major commitment to promoting a sustained interdisciplinary effort to solve the mysteries of the brain,” said Rockell N. Hankin, Chairman of the Board of Directors at The Kavli Foundation. “By transcending the traditional boundaries of research, the new neuroscience institutes will make breakthrough discoveries possible.”
The majority of the funds will establish three new Kavli neuroscience institutes at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU), The Rockefeller University and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). These institutes will become part of an international network of seven Kavli Institutes carrying out fundamental research in neuroscience, and a broader network of 20 Kavli Institutes dedicated to astrophysics, nanoscience, neuroscience and theoretical physics.
The new funding will support research that moves forward the national Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, a public and private collaboration launched by President Obama in April 2013. At the time of the President’s announcement, The Kavli Foundation publicly pledged to spend $40 million in support of basic neuroscience research. “With this announcement, the Foundation more than meets this commitment,” said Robert W. Conn, President and CEO of The Kavli Foundation. “The establishment of three new institutes, along with the added investment in our existing neuroscience institutes, will further empower great scientists to help write the next chapter in neuroscience.”