Chinese businessman bankrolls US brain research

Chen Tianqiao, once ranked the richest man in China, and his wife are donating $115 million to efforts to crack the fundamental principles that underlie brain function. The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in the United States announced the gift from Chen and his wife Luo Qianqian Chrissy, cofounders of China’s Shanda Group. The money will be used for inter-disciplinary neuroscience research to “deepen understanding of the brain—the most powerful biological and chemical computing machine—and how it works at the most basic level as well as how it fails because of disease or through the aging process,” a statement from Caltech said. The university in Pasadena, California, will establish a neuroscience institute named after the couple. It will house a range of research investigations from deciphering the basic biology of…


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