PARIS, July 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Professor
Gerard Saillant, President of the
Institute for Brain and Spinal Cord Disorders (ICM), announced
today an unprecedented donation of EUR8,000,000 from Mrs. Lily Safra. It is the largest single
donation made by a private individual to the ICM.
Professor Saillant will officially thank Mrs. Safra for this
generous donation at an event today at the Hopital de la
Pitie-Salpetriere in Paris. Mr.
David de Rothschild, ICM
co-president, and founding members of the Institute, Mr. Jean Glavany and Mr. Maurice Levy, will also be present, along
with professors Olivier Lyon-Caen
and Yves Agid.
With this exceptional donation, the Institute for Brain and
Spinal Cord Disorders will be able to continue important research
on diseases of the brain and the central nervous system at its new,
state-of-the-art facility, which is to set to open its doors in
September of this year. The ICM will gather doctors, patients and
600 researchers at the Hopital de la Pitie-Salpetriere in Paris, with a mission to find new and
effective treatments for these illnesses.
“From the very beginning, when the ICM was nothing more than a
dream, Mrs. Safra has supported us. Her confidence in the Institute
and unfailing generosity have enabled us to develop ambitious
research programs that will allow for the accelerated discovery of
innovative treatment options from the very minute our new institute
opens its doors,” said Professor