The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a gift of $3,000,000 over two years to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Synthetic Neurobiology Group, led by Ed Boyden, to support research on the development and application of expansion microscopy to imaging of brains from a variety of organisms. We are particularly intrigued by the possibility that this method may be used to visualize how the tightly packed neural cells in vertebrate brains are connected to each other at a dramatically lower cost than would otherwise be possible with existing technology. If successful, we believe this could have dramatic implications for a variety of sub-fields within brain research. To learn more about the Synthetic Neurobiology Group and our reasons for supporting it, see our March 2016 gift page.
This gift falls within our interest in funding scientific research.