In August 2012, after providing all the funding for The Brain from Top to Bottom for over 10 years, the CIHR Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction informed us that because of budget cuts, they were going to be forced to stop sponsoring us as of March 31, 2013. Ever since we got this news, the little team that produces this web site has been looking for a new source of stable institutional funding so that we can continue our mission of providing the general public with the best possible information about the brain and neuroscience.
We have approached a number of organizations, all of which have recognized the value of our work. We are still in negotiations with some of them, which may prove fruitful within the next few months. But so far, we have not managed to find the funding we need. For the moment, we must therefore ask our readers for donations so that we can continue updating and adding new content to The Brain from Top to Bottom web site and blog.
The "fundraising thermometer" that you see below shows, in order of priority, from the bottom up, what work we plan to do with the money that we raise and how much money we still need to raise to meet our annual budget. We will update this thermometer regularly, so that readers always have an accurate picture of our finances.
Please rest assured that we are doing our utmost to keep this site accessible in the original spirit of the Internet: the desire to share information free of charge and with no advertising.
Whether your support is moral, financial, or both, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Bruno Dubuc, Patrick Robert, Denis Paquet, and Al Daigen
April 22, 2013
It has been only two weeks since we began our fundraising drive for The Brain from Top to Bottom, and we have already received nearly $2 500. That will be enough to pay for basic maintenance and management of the site for the coming year and to write blog posts for the next few weeks. These results are very encouraging. Please pass the word to anyone else you know who enjoys this site and might want to might want to help fund the rest of its activities. And thank you so much for your support!