Paul Allen donates further funds for brain research

Paul Allen is doing his bit for charity.

The Microsoft co-founder has announced that he will commit $300 million of his hard earned cash over the next 10 years to a foundation that conducts research into how the brain works and how best to treat brain-related disorders.

The charity, Allen Institute for Brain Science, was originally set up with the help of Mr Allen who contributed $100 million to the cause back in 2003.

He later donated another $100 million. The latest pledge will support the first four years of a 10-year plan to address questions about how the brain works.

This includes counting and classifying all the various types of neurons within the brain and identifying molecular machinery within the cells that can cause problems. It is hoped by researching these scientists and doctors will be able to find cures and manage illnesses such as autism, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, traumatic brain injury and other brain-related diseases and disorders.

Allen is of course not the only Microsoft man who has done his bit for charity. Founder and former CEO Bill Gates is also well known for his charity commitments, raising money for various causes through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Gates Foundation has focused on eradicating malaria, helping third-world countries grow rice, and a crusade to end polio.