Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Awards $13 Million

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $13 million in grants in support of young scientists working to understand and improve treatments for mental illness.

The twenty-eighth cohort of young investigators includes one hundred and ninety-one scientists who will receive grants of up to $70,000 over two years in support of groundbreaking research that seeks to identify the causes of and improve treatments and prevention strategies for a variety of psychiatric disorders, including addiction, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and anxiety disorders such as obsessive-compulsive and post-traumatic stress disorders. The awards were made as part of the foundation's NARSAD (National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression) grants program, which provides support for basic research, new technologies, diagnostic tools, and next-generation therapies.

"More than 60 percent of our young investigators are focusing on the kind of basic research that will lead to understanding about how the healthy human brain gives rise to the miracle of thought and consciousness and how genetic, cellular, and circuit anomalies lead to the full panoply of brain disorders," said Herbert Pardes, president of the foundation’s scientific council and executive vice chair of the board of trustees at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. "These grants fund the kind of high-risk, high-reward research that may change lives and end the suffering that psychiatric illnesses bring so many."