Infosys co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan has donated $1.8 million to Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to establish a research partnership between CMU and the Centre for Brain Research (CBR) at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore.
The partnership will strategically leverage the research strengths of both institutions while enhancing the connection between CMU and India. A world-renowned research university, CMU has become a leading centre for brain research over the past two decades.
CBR was launched through a foundational gift from the Pratiksha Trust, a charitable organisation established by Gopalakrishnan, and is focussed on understanding and treating neuro-degenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. This partnership will provide opportunities for applying new technologies from fields ranging from imaging to machine learning to address critical questions about neuro-degeneration and normal aging.
The goal of the partnership will be to foster two-way interactions in the areas of brain research and education, and in closely related areas such as data sciences and engineering, human behavior and computation. The gift will be used to support post-doctoral fellowships, encourage interactions between CBR and CMU researchers, and provide strategic seed funding for research that connects CMU researchers with IISc scientists and engineers.
"CMU is a world-renowned leader in many areas of research and education. I am very pleased to support President Subra Suresh's strategic vision for the collaboration between CMU and IISc through this gift so that we can address one of the grand challenges of our times by understanding the human brain," Gopalakrishnan said.