The Azrieli Foundation donates $ 50 million to the Weizmann Institute for Neuroscience

The Azrieli Foundation has donated $ 50 million to the Weizmann Institute of Sciences and Weizmann Canada, the institute announced Tuesday. The funds will go towards the launch of the Azrieli Institute for Neural and Brain Sciences, which will conduct neuroscience research on the campus of the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot.

The new facility aims to promote research in the field through interdisciplinary cooperation and produce tangible results with “high clinical relevance,” according to Weizmann Canada, which raises funds and organizes events on behalf of the Weizmann Institute.

“In addition to Weizmann’s outstanding track record in large-scale science, and in neuroscience specifically, we are excited that this new institute will facilitate and amplify collaborative work in 40 groups across multiple disciplines,” said Dr. Naomi Azrieli, President and CEO. of the Azrieli Foundation.

The building will house all neuroscience researchers from the Weizmann Institute, who will collaborate to better understand brain function and development, Weizmann Canada added.

The Azrieli Institute plans to focus on various topics, including neural network development, theoretical and computational neuroscience, perception and action, memory and cognition, mental health, brain damage and regeneration, neurodegeneration, and the effects of aging on the brain, and neurotechnology.

The Weizmann Institute of Sciences in Rehovot. (credit: Wikimedia Commons)

“I am confident that this unique new research environment will enable the next great leap in brain research,” commented Professor Alon Chen, President of the Weizmann Institute.

Although the Azrieli Foundation has shared a partnership with the Weizmann Institute and Weizmann Canada for years, Weizmann Canada noted that the grant to the Azrieli Institute will be “among the largest of its kind.”

Weizmann Canada Executive Director Susan Stern expressed her gratitude for the Azrieli Foundation’s donation, as well as its partnership with her organization, adding that the “leadership of the foundation through this new magnanimous gift will benefit humanity by promote global collective understanding of the brain “.

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