Brown Receives $100 Million for Its Institute for Brain Science
A physician specializing in occupational and preventive medicine, William D. Jones, MD, treats patients in Oklahoma City, OK. Dr. William D. Jones earned his MD at Brown University, which recently announced it has received a gift of $100 million for the Brown Institute for Brain Science.
Brown University has received $100 million from Robert J. Carney (class of 1961) and Nancy D. Carney to support the Brown Institute for Brain Science. The biggest gift in university history, the funds will establish Brown as a leader in brain science and help further investigation into debilitating medical conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Brown students and faculty conduct research on the mechanisms involved in cell death to develop therapies for both of these conditions.
The gift will also advance Brown’s existing research on brain-computer interfaces, which function through micro-electrode arrays that are implanted into the brain to treat paralysis and spinal injuries. Further, students and faculty conduct research in the area of computational neuroscience to treat mood and behavioral disorders.
With this gift, Brown’s undergraduate students will gain valuable hands-on research experience with the most innovative treatments for brain conditions. To honor the Carneys for their generous gift, Brown will rename its brain institute the Robert J. and Nancy D. Carney Institute for Brain Science.