One in three of us will suffer from a brain disorder sometime during our lives. The rest of us will suffer along with them, as their caregivers and loved ones. Brain disorders don't practice age discrimination. Autism impairs how children communicate and form social relationships; multiple sclerosis strikes people in mid-life and can stop them from walking and seeing; Alzheimer's disease robs the elderly of their memories and identities. Language, empathy, movement, vision, memory, personality; there's a disease or injury that can impact each function of the brain.
To understand how the brain works, and how to fix it when it stops working, many people with different areas of expertise must work together in a coordinated way. That's why the Brain Institute was founded in 2005: to be a coordinating center for neuroscience research at the University of Utah.
A catalytic step in building collaborative research teams is for the Brain Institute to find funding for new projects that span disciplines. Finding funding for cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research isn't easy. Although this kind of research promises to change the way neurological disorders are treated, many funding agencies view new, unvetted research projects as risky.
That's why the Brain Institute is making an appeal--to raise money to seed new research projects that span traditional University silos. Donations made to the Brain Institute's research fund can be earmarked for research in one of our focus areas: autism; multiple sclerosis; traumatic brain injury; spinal cord injury; bipolar disorder; schizophrenia; suicide; Alzheimer's disease; epilepsy; substance abuse and addiction; or depression.
Call us to discuss how the Brain Institute can best steward your donation, (801) 587-1200. We look forward to working with you.
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