The gift, which the institute plans to match, will bolster the endowment of the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind (KIBM). Established with a total of $15.5 million from the foundation and the University of California San Diego, KIBM supports research aimed at understanding the mechanisms, origins, and evolution of human cognition. In recognition of the gift, Salk has named lab space within KIBM the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind Laboratories for Neurobiology.
In addition, the foundation awarded a grant of $300,000 to Salk Professor and Wylie Vale Chair Kay Tye, whose lab is working to better understand the brain circuitry underlying emotion and motivation, with the goal of generating targeted and effective treatments for brain disorders such as addiction, anxiety, and depression.
"The Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind is a nexus for neuroscience research, helping to facilitate collaborations across two world-renowned institutes — Salk and UC San Diego — as well as other neuroscience research centers around the world," said Kavli Foundation science program officer Stephanie Albin. "We believe collaborations are essential to accelerate basic scientific research. It is exciting to see the collective power of these institutes, including how they work across scientific disciplines, such as molecular and cellular biology, and cognitive and computational neuroscience, to bridge the gap between the brain and the mind."