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Microsoft Co-Founder, Paul Allen, Donates $300 Million to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Research

One of the co-founders of Microsoft, Paul Allen, announced last week that he will donate $300 million to the Allen Institute for Brain Science over the course of the next 10 years. The Allen Institute is a non-profit organization established by Allen, which focuses on counting and classifying the different types of neurons, illuminating the molecular machinery within the cells that can cause problems, and studying how the cells process information in networks, using as a model the visual system in mice.

Allen’s donations to the field of brain injury currently exceed over $500 million. Allen’s mother currently suffers from Alzheimer’s and so this research is close to Allen’s heart.

The Allen Institute was founded in 2003 as a resource for researchers. Since that time, the Institute has created brain “atlases” of the mouse and adult human brains and electronic maps accessible online that show which genes are switched on in neurons. The site has been getting about 50,000 visits per month.

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