Dr. Diane Lipscombe is the director of the Robert J. and Nancy D. Carney Institute for Brain Science at Brown University, where she is researching how to intervene before the degenerative process of ALS takes hold, as well as how to make drugs that more effectively and safely treat chronic pain. In 2018, the Institute received a $100 million gift to further its unique, multidisciplinary approach to research, where engineers, data scientists, and neuroscientists work together in a new 10,000 square-foot workspace on the Brown campus opened in 2019. The gift, Lipscombe says, makes the her organization one of the best-funded brain institutes in the country, and will enable her team to hasten our understanding of the most complex organ in the body and the “last frontier” of science--the brain. Lipscombe has a PhD in pharmacology from University College London, and was a postdoctoral associate at Yale University School of Medicine and Stanford University Medical School. She joined the neuroscience department at Brown in 1992.