The $200 million gift supports interdisciplinary neuroscience research and discovery by scholars across the University and established what promises to be the most comprehensive institute for brain science research. The gift, observed Zuckerman Institute Co-Director Thomas Jessell, “will propel the field of brain science into a new and exciting phase of discovery and translational relevance.”
At a ceremony announcing the gift on December 17, 2012, Mr. Zuckerman said that “with an inspiring team of neuroscientists at its core, Columbia’s Mind Brain Behavior Institute is not only researching vital questions about diseases of the brain, especially as we age, it is bringing together talented researchers across many academic fields to address the central questions we face as a society.”
Interdisciplinary forum on Columbia neuroscience at the announcement of the Zuckerman gift, December 17, 2012
At its root, this is an investment in accomplished scholars whose collective mission is both greater understanding of the human condition and the discovery of new cures for human suffering.