- Associated Press - Monday, November 28, 2016

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa says a $45 million donation will fund a center to research diseases that affect the brain and nervous system.

The Iowa Neuroscience Institute will investigate causes, preventions, treatments and cures. It’ll be led by Ted Abel, a University of Pennsylvania professor who joins Iowa’s faculty in January.

The gift comes from the university’s largest donor, the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust. It was founded after the 1981 death of Carver, a Muscatine businessman and philanthropist. UI gifts from the trust and family exceed $195 million.

The center will bring together researchers from across campus, including biologists, computer scientists and engineers. The donation will support laboratories, research projects and faculty salaries.

Medical school dean Jean Robillard says the gift will foster “a new era of scientific innovation.”

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