About Who we are

Robert J. and Nancy D. Carney Institute for Brain Science


Our mission is to promote discovery and innovation in brain science by supporting a diverse community of experimentalists, theorists, engineers, and clinicians. We do this by recruiting and retaining world-class faculty, creating an outstanding collaborative training environment, seeding innovative projects, supporting collaborative teams, and raising the visibility and reputation of Carney researchers.


Our vision is to become a global leader in brain science, recognized for excellence, innovation, and discovery, and applying knowledge to improve lives and benefit society.

About Robert J. Carney and Nancy D. Carney

Robert J. Carney graduated in Brown’s undergraduate Class of 1961. He is founder and chairman of Vacation Publications, Inc. Previously he was a founder of Jet Capital Corp., a financial advisory firm, and Texas Air Corp, which owned Continental Airlines and several other airlines. Nancy Doerr Carney is a former television news producer.

The Carneys, of Houston, are longtime supporters of Brown, including as the donors of the Robert J. and Nancy D. Carney University Professorship in Economics and the Robert J. and Nancy D. Carney Assistant Professor of Neuroscience. Robert Carney’s generous volunteer service to Brown includes a long-term tenure as a trustee of the Corporation of Brown University (three terms, through spring 2018) and having served as the co-chair of his class’s 50th Reunion gift committee.