The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation in Great Neck, New York, has announced the recipients of its 2011 NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grants for research on brain and behavior disorders.
Formerly known as the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD), the foundation works to alleviate the suffering caused by mental illness and awards grants in support of research that seeks to make scientific breakthroughs. Following a competitive review process by the foundation's 124-member council of mental health researchers, fifteen grants totaling $1.5 million were awarded to scholars working in diverse areas of neurobiological research.
This year's grant recipients include Dorret I. Boomsma of VU Medisch Centrum Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, who will examine the genetic underpinnings of mental illness; Michael S. Fanselow of the University of California, Los Angeles, who will use the grant to further his research into the neuronal mechanisms underlying post-traumatic stress disorder; John Z. Huang of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, who will research the ways that genetic alterations associated with behavioral symptoms of schizophrenia disturb the development and function of neural circuits; and Barbara L. Parry of the University of California, San Diego, who plans to study sleep and light therapies for major depression in pregnancy or during the postpartum period.
"The NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grants provide funding for cutting-edge research that may not be supported by other institutions and may provide a faster track to real breakthroughs in treatment and prevention strategies," said BBRF president and CEO Benita Shobe. "The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation has awarded nearly $300 million in grants to stimulate and advance discoveries by brilliant researchers aiming to help relieve the suffering of those afflicted."
For a complete list of 2011 NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grant recipients, visit the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Web site.