Paul Allen gives $300 million to expand brain research

Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:17am EDT

Microsoft Corp co-founder and Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen enjoys a laugh while out on the field before the start of his NFC playoff game against the Washington Redskins in Seattle, Washington January 14, 2006. REUTERS/Robert Sorbo

Microsoft Corp co-founder and Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen enjoys a laugh while out on the field before the start of his NFC playoff game against the Washington Redskins in Seattle, Washington January 14, 2006.

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(Reuters) - 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."

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mtd6hr wrote:
Fantastic! This is what I like to see.

Mar 23, 2012 10:19am EDT  --  Report as abuse
iwritedoper wrote:
Microsoft? Brain research? Windows OS will install in your cortex.

Mar 25, 2012 11:38am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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