More Big Money for Basic Brain Science. This Time at Carnegie Mellon

Many funders are drawn to science geared towards nailing down the specific cure for some disorder. One big countervailing trend, though, is all the interest in the workings of the brain. That interest has allowed CMU to round up $75 million for a brain research center.
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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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The $65 Million Huddle: White House Convenes Summit on Sports Concussions

Well, it’s official. The next frontier for brain research isn’t found in some fancy lab rig. It isn’t about a new way of tracking electrical impulses sent through synapses. No. It’s wearing tight pant and shoulder pads, trotting onto the field after halftime.
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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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Meet the Unlikely Figure Who Made Las Vegas a Center for Brain Research

We’ve said it before, and I’m sure we’ll say it again: personal tragedy can precipitate some really selfless giving. We’ve seen it from the Sontag Foundation, the Ivy Foundation, and now, from Larry Ruvo: Las Vegan, liquor distribution mogul, son of Lou Ruvo, who died of Alzheimer’s in 1994.
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Getting Springboard Funding from BrightFocus Foundation

There are funders that only give to old wood, long-established projects and labs and initiatives—you know, the kind that make any upstart PIs sigh dejectedly—but then there are foundations that like to give smallish “springboard”-style grants designed to get new, just-starting-out researchers off and running-- like BrightFocus Foundation.
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New Website, Big Changes for the Dana Foundation

Long a prominent funder for brain research, the Dana Foundation seems to be looking to support more tried-and-true science. It rolled out a total redesign of its website on January 6th, 2014, complete with a new banner that proclaims, “Dana Foundation, Your gateway to responsible information about the brain.”
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An Inside Look at the Bezos Center for Neural Circuit Dynamics

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos may have gotten a slow start with his personal philanthropy, but he’s making up for lost time now. His biggest and most recent major gift has been $15 million to establish the Bezos Center for Neural Circuit Dynamics, at Bezos’ alma mater Princeton University. This gift was announced just before Christmas, 2011.
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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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What the McDonnell Foundation Wants to Know About Cognitive Aging

It happens to almost everyone, sooner or later: you forget your keys. You storm upstairs on a mission to find… what was it again, exactly? To address this emerging “cognitive epidemic,” the James S. McDonnell Foundation announces an upcoming Workshop on Cognitive Aging. The St. Louis, Missouri-based organization specifically wants to target questions about age-related memory decline that are still unanswered
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