Conrad Prebys, a trustee of The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, recently contributed $1 million to establish the Conrad T. Prebys Endowed Chair in Vision Research for Dr. Tom Albright.
In addition, as part of their senior scientist endowed chair challenge, Joan and Irwin Jacobs will match the donor's gift with an additional $1 million to establish the donor's named chair at $3 million, according to a press release.
Albright is a professor and director of the Vision Center Laboratory at the Salk Institute. His work focuses on understanding the neuronal structures and events that underlie visual perceptual experience, and their contributions to knowledge, behavior, and consciousness.
"This unique gift will help change the way we view the world," Salk Institute President William R. Brody said in the release. "The discoveries from Tom's lab will illuminate the mechanics of information processing in these high-level visual areas and define their unique contributions to visual perception and visually guided behavior."
Prebys is the owner of Progress Construction Co. and a developer of real estate enterprises in California and Texas. He is a major philanthropist in San Diego.
"I couldn't be more pleased to support this extraordinary research,” Prebys said. “To work with the Salk on discoveries that can potentially impact millions of people is what draws me to the Institute. Supporting this caliber of groundbreaking science under the leadership of Dr. Albright is inspiring.”