Paul Allen gives $300 million to expand brain research
New York: Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen has donated an additional $300 million to a foundation aimed at expanding research into how the brain works and how best to treat brain-related disorders.
The Allen Institute for Brain Science, based in Seattle, was established with a 2003 contribution of $100 million from the former Microsoft executive, who then donated another $100 million.
The latest contribution of $300 million will support the first four years of a 10-year plan to address critical questions about how the brain works.
Allen Jones, the institute`s chief executive officer, said the questions had to be answered if "we are to understand and treat autism, Alzheimer`s disease, depression, traumatic brain injury and the myriad other brain-related diseases and disorders that affect all of us either directly or indirectly."