Friday, November 21, 2014

NeuroTV: Jeffrey Epstein Helps Bring Brain Science to the Public


A Harvard Financier, Jeffrey Epstein, Helps Bring Brain Science to the Public

The Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation helps launch NeuroTV, a highly popular academic program on the brain.

NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2014 / -- One of the hottest areas on the Internet is not gaming or sports, but academic content, especially in the sciences. In fact, subscribers to educational YouTube channels tripled in 2013, with popular science topics leading the pack. Producers like AsapScience, or TED can get millions of viewers over months. Missing on TV and online however, is in-depth academic content, especially in the sciences, despite booming viewership for the small number of brainiac programs.

Now an unusual Harvard investor and private financier, called Jeffrey Epstein, has helped fund NeuroTV, the largest online network devoted to academic interviews on everything neuroscience. NeuroTV's guest speakers are not run of the mill professors: two recent guests, May-Britt and Edvard Moser, directors of the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, were awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery of grid cells. Other guests include: Hank Greely, Director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences and Professor of Genetics, at the Stanford School of Medicine and Sebastian Seung Professor of Computational Neuroscience at MIT.

"NeuroTV provides in-depth interview models, that delves deeply into science topics," Jeffrey Epstein asserted whose foundation, the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation, established the graduate Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University in 2003 with a $30 million dollar gift. "The episodes don't tone down academic language, but provide video content that can be used in classrooms around the world, as well as a platform to educate and inspire."

In addition to establishing the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, which studies the mathematics of evolution with a focus on diseases, Epstein was a former board member of Harvard's Mind, Brain and Behavior Committee and has funded numerous brain research initiatives at the university. Epstein's affinity for promoting public access to academic science however, probably stems from his own self-taught background and the belief that higher education should be widely available.

To date, NeuroTV has launched 13 episodes with another 13 planned for Season 2. Viewership is rapidly growing with episodes typically gathering thousands of viewers within the first six months.


Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation Backs the Largest STEM Science Fair in the US Virgin Islands

Harvard Investor, Jeffrey Epstein, Funds the Largest Science Fair in the Caribbean
The Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation, under the umbrella of the Southern Trust Company, Inc. has funded the largest and most important student science fair in the US Virgin Islands. The fair, called the St. Thomas-St. John STEM Fair, was spearheaded by the Virgin Islands Department of Education and consisted of hundreds of grade school students from across the islands, to showcase their science projects for awards at the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center.
STEM stands for Science, Math, Engineering and Technology, and has become a known acronym for a rigorous science curriculum in schools. The Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation, was founded by St. Thomas resident, Jeffrey Epstein, who plays an active role in supporting science education across the US Virgin Islands. The foundation is also known for establishing the graduate Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard.
At the fair, the foundation supplied more than a hundred Microsoft Surface 2 computers, Touch keyboards and Nylon Sleeves for the Microsoft Surface. The foundation also provided funds to host the fair, travel and accommodation funding for the winners and their chaperones and accommodation support for the STEM summer camps.
“The STEM fairs provide an exciting and important incentive for students across the Virgin Islands to participate in science projects at school and at home,” Jeffrey Epstein remarked.
The STEM fair oversaw more than 165 projects; and the caliber was astounding. One 11 year old prize winner, Ricky James Jr. for example, showed how to power a calculator with a just a penny instead of batteries. Other projects included a solar powered speed boat and a juicer made from a garbage door motor and recycled dishwasher parts.
The top scorers in each category were presented with a STEM trophy, a plaque, a STEM certificate and an iPad. Science categories ranged from research, science demonstrations, math real world problem investigations, math real world models, video presentation, Powerpoint presentations, music technology, Web page design, desktop publishing and programming.
In addition to its work in the US Virgin Islands, the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation supports cutting edge science research across the United States and for establishing the Program of Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University in 2003.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Alzheimer's Disease is not the Leading Cause of Death

NEW YORK, March 24, 2014 /Reuters UK: The science philanthropist, Jeffrey Epstein, founder of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University, and prominent supporter of the Alzheimer's Association, has backed and highlighted a critical study showing that Alzheimer's is no longer the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, as stated by the Center for Disease Control, but the 3rd.

"The study is critical," Jeffrey Epstein asserted, whose foundation, the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation supports medical research worldwide. "The cause of Alzheimer's is still unknown, and a cure for Alzheimer's must be prioritized."

The study, conducted at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, and published in the American Academy of Neurology, surveyed 2,566 patients age 65 and older, who were undergoing annual testing for dementia. Results showed that after an average of 8 years, 1,090 patients died. The average time from diagnosis to death was about 4 years and post mortem, Alzheimer's disease was identified in about 90% of those clinically diagnosed. The death rate was more than four times higher after a diagnosis of Alzheimer's in people age 75 to 84 and three times higher in people age 85 and older.

Huge strides have been made in understanding the disease. For example, in a ground breaking study published in Nature and financed by the Alzheimer's Association and the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation amongst others, scientists from Rochester University and the University of Southern California showed how the gene ApoE4 can unleash an excess of the protein cyclophilin A into the cardiovascular system, causing inflammation in atherosclerosis and other conditions. The study also found that ApoE4 makes it more likely for cyclophilin A to accumulate in cells that help maintain the blood-brain barrier, reducing blood to the brain and allowing toxins to infiltrate.
"We are getting closer to understanding exactly how a genetic disposition can disrupt the brain," Jeffrey Epstein remarked.

Jeffrey Epstein is a former board member of the Mind, Brain and Behavior Committee at Harvard and plays an active role at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton.