Hebrew University gets $50 million from Safra Foundation to study brain

Jerusalem's Hebrew University is using a $50 million gift from the foundation of a donor who was killed in 1999 to launch a new brain research center. The $50 million donation from the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation is the largest gift ever for research at an Israeli university, the university said. Researchers at the center will work on developing treatments for neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, said Prof. Eilon Vaadia, director of the new center, but will also focus more broadly on the way stimuli such as sight and sound are translated into brain impulses. Safra's widow, Lily, will attend a dedication ceremony for the center June 8, according to the university. The center will be called the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences.