Salk Institute Receives $7 Million From Qualcomm CEO for Brain Research Center

The Salk Institute in San Diego has received a $7 million gift from Qualcomm chairman and CEO Irwin Jacobs to establish a center to study the brain, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Researchers at the Crick-Jacobs Center for Computational and Theoretical Biology — named for Jacobs and Salk Nobel laureate Francis Crick — will use computer-based methods to study brain function. The goal of the center is to organize currently available information about genes and proteins that regulate nerve and cell activity, as well as the networks of nerve cells that regulate brain function.

"The Crick-Jacobs Center will have a profound impact on our understanding of the brain and we are confident that work at the center will ultimately lead to new understandings of information processing in the brain as well as brain diseases, ranging from degenerative diseases, like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, to psychiatric illnesses," said Salk Institute president and CEO Richard A. Murphy.

"Salk Institute Gains $7 Million from Jacobs." San Diego Union-Tribune 12/17/2003.