Known for its support of cognitive research, the James S. McDonnell Foundation became frustrated by how little of what it learned ended up in classrooms. Here's what it did next.
Empowering outlying research ideas can be a key to medical breakthroughs—or a major waste of money. Here's a how a Florida philanthropist is looking to shake things up on Alzheimer's.
Four foundations funded a team of researchers who set out to create a more powerful and accessible device to monitor brain activity. The effort could lead to breakthroughs in neuroscience.
Despite the fact that dementia could literally bankrupt the U.S. as the population ages, no mega-giver or foundation really owns this space yet. But more funders are stepping up with some big gifts.
It's no surprise that a partnership between the National Institutes of Health and the National Football League is dissolving this month. Few corporate funders bankroll research that threatens their bottom line.
Dallas philanthropist Lyda Hill approaches science funding by supporting emerging fields and scientific solutions to problems. Here's what this big-league giver has been up to lately.
Worth $4.3 billion, the 88-year-old Marcus has said that he doesn't want to leave his fortune to the kids and believes in giving while living. So where's the money going? Here's one place.
The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation backs research and other programs related to spinal cord injuries. Neilsen has a laser-like focus, and has become a sizable player in a short time.
When a funder we've never heard of makes an eight-figure neuroscience gift to an out-of-the-way university, we can't help wondering what the backstory might be.
Philanthropy's added value in medical research—a field that attracts tens of billions in public dollars—is backing riskier work that otherwise would go unfunded. Here's a wealthy couple doing exactly that at MIT.
The stakes are high and getting higher when it comes to Alzheimer’s research. Private funders, like the BrightFocus Foundation, play a growing role in supplying grant dollars.
A couple with wealth from a Chinese entertainment and investing business are the latest taking a strong interest in brain science. They've set out to give $1 billion, starting at Caltech.
If your campus isn't hot on the tail of new funding for neuroscience, you're missing out. We take a take a closer look at the foundation behind a big gift in Iowa and why the university landed it.
It's not just the new philanthropists giving big for biomedical research. Among legacy foundations, Helmsley has emerged as a key leader in this area.
Genetics is a massive topic in research right now, drawing a lot of donor dollars. Now, a powerhouse philanthropy in India has put up millions, with an eye on both the rewards, and risks, of gene editing.
An active philanthropic couple made one of the largest gifts in recent years toward neuroscience research, a field increasingly drawing massive contributions. Here are a few takeaways.