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