Mortimer Zuckerman, the Chairman and Chief Executive of Boston Properties Inc has pledged approximately 200 million dollars endowing the, Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University for inter-disciplinary study of neuron-sciences.
Mortimer Zuckerman is a Canadian born American who is more known as a real estate tycoon and media proprietor. He is the co-founder, chairman and the CEO of Boston properties, one of America's largest real estate investment trusts. He is also the publisher of the U.S News and World Report apart from the New York Daily News.
His personal net worth is a staggering 2.4 billion dollars. In a statement released by Zuckerman, he said that this is an investment to facilitate work by accomplished scholars whose collective mission is grater understanding of human conditions and discovery of new cures for diseases suffered by humans including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
University sources confirmed that research will also include cure for diseases like autism and Asperger's schizophrenia, memory loss, mood disorders, strokes and neuron-trauma. Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute is set to be located in a sprawling area of 450,000 square feet Jerome L. Greene Science Center which is the center-piece of the new Manhattenville campus located in Harlem, in the neighborhood of New York.
This new institute is set to become the new hub of cross-campus research on brain science. This will bring together researchers from different institutes like Columbia University Medical Center, the Faculty of Arts and Science, FU Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and others. These schools will collaborate on pioneering research work in neural sciences and a whole range of academic fields involving human behavior.
Columbia President, Lee Bollinger thanked Zuckerman for his generosity and said that the latter's vision and help will ensure that the state of Columbia will soon become home to an enduring community of great scholars in pursuit of scientific exploration of both the brain and human behavior.