Kavli Foundation gives more money for the brain

WASHINGTON — The Kavli Foundation is establishing three new institutes to accelerate research aimed at unlocking the mysteries of the brain. That research will align with the national BRAIN Initiative announced by President Obama in 2013. 

The foundation, along with university partners, is providing over $100 million for neuroscience research, much of which will be used to establish the new institutes, Kavli Foundation president and CEO Robert Conn announced October 1 at a media briefing. Those institutes will be based at Rockefeller University in New York, Johns Hopkins University and the University of California, San Francisco.

“We are deeply excited about where this is going to take us in the future,” said neuroscientist Loren Frank, who will codirect the newly created Kavli Institute for Fundamental Neuroscience at the University of California, San Francisco. 

Editor’s Note: This story was updated October 2, 2015, to reflect that universities are also contributing money toward this neuroscience research.

Laura Sanders

Laura Sanders is the neuroscience writer. She holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Southern California.

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