Why's the Pentagon Backing Brain Research Straight out of Science Fiction?

We usually write just about private funders backing brain research, but sometimes the government does something we just can't ignore. Case in point is how the Pentagon's research arm is giving money to UPenn for work on restoring memory that's straight out of a sci-fi movie.
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This Home Depot Co-Founder is Funding Out-there Brain Science

The Marcus Foundation, the Atlanta-based behemoth founded by Bernard “Bernie” Marcus, co-founder of Home Depot and Giving Pledge signatory, has deep pockets and isn’t afraid to use them. They gave out over $40 million in 2012, and now, they’re stepping up to fund the first two years of groundbreaking trials at Duke Medical.
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Neurodegeneration, Eh? Meet Canada’s New Brain Research Juggernaut

It began assembling its team of scientific advisors in 2010, and it made its first awards last year. Now the Weston Brain Institute is finally declaring itself and has big plans to give away $10 million per year specifically for research into the neurodegenerative diseases of aging.
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Understanding the Simons Simplex Collection: Getting Beyond Autism

The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) doles out around $75 million annually. In 2011 SFARI completed a complex gene-banking project called the Simons Simplex Collection. Understanding this initiative, and learning what the SSC can tell us about SFARI’s philosophy and grantmaking mission, is imperative to anyone seeking money from the organization.
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How to Nab a Simons Foundation Explorer Award

Sure, a Simons Foundation Explorer Award might be small, but remember: it’s fast, too. The one-year, nonrenewable awards come in a tidy, one-size-fits-all $60,000 package, and they’re designed to be handed out throughout the course of a year to just-starting-out scientists, or researchers doing work that could offer tangential insights into autism.
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Inside Simons Foundation's Autism Pilot and Research Awards

SFARI receives about 30% of the Simons Foundation’s budget—about $75 million annually—and SFARI makes lots of awards each year. It doesn’t blow its wad on just a handful of hotshot researchers, it spreads the love around to as many worthy projects it catches wind of, which means that, if you’re looking to get high mileage from a few thousand dollars (though SFARI grants occasionally soar into the millions) SFARI Pilot and Research Awards are definitely worth pursuing.
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Behind the Ellison Medical Foundation's Creative Approaches to Nervous System Aging

Once upon a time, it was believed that nervous system growth and repair ceased after early childhood. That once you’d generated your genetically allotted quota of neurons, you were done. Now we know this isn’t the way things work—at all—and the Ellison Medical Foundation is seeking to capitalize on the new knowledge.
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Inside the Simons Foundation's Autism Investigations

The Simons Foundation, with assets of close to $2 billion, is grappling with deep questions about the nature of autism. While the Foundation supports various types of mathematical and scientific research, one of its programs, the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI), focuses exclusively on supporting groups engaged in exploring the causes and treatment of autism.

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Why the NFL Got Its Head in the Research Game

Today, the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell were the recipients of a rare "woo hoo"  from players and families by donating $30 million to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to research degenerative brain diseases. This research will not only benefit football players, but all athletes subjected to head trauma.

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Inside Debbie Jones' Living Well Network

The Living Well Network isn't Debbie Jones' — it's her husband's. In 2012, Mrs. Jones gifted $1 million to Methodists Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis in honor of her late husband Dennis, to help prevent other people from losing a loved one the same way she lost her husband. In 2009, two days after Christmas, Dennis Jones committed suicide after a lifelong battle with depression.

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How Foundations are Healing the Other Collateral Damage of War

Many soldiers returning from the wars in the Middle East are plagued with severe depression, and most suffer some form of post-traumatic stress disorder. The U.S. Military lacks the resources necessary to treat every soldier that needs help, especially when including military reservists and the National Guard. The Bristol-Meyers Squibb Foundation has responded to the military's call for help, awarding over $2 million to help soldiers leave the desert mentally as well as physically.

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Behind SFARI, Fast-Growing Financial Mover in Autism Research

Next to Autism Speaks, The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is one of the largest sources for autism research funding in the US, and it is growing exponentially. In 2007, its founding year, SFARI’s budget was $1.1 million; the number grew to just over $5 million in 2009, and by 2010 it had increased to $17.4 million.

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