BBRF Awards $3.9 Million in Grants for Research Into Mental Illness

The has announced 2017 Independent Investigator grants totaling $3.9 million for research on psychiatric illnesses.

Forty mid-career scientists from thirty-six institutions in ten countries were awarded grants in support of basic research, new technologies, early intervention/diagnostic tools, and next-generation therapies for schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, autism, PTSD, and other serious mental illnesses and conditions. Independent Investigator grants provide $50,000 per year for up to two years to support scientists at every stage of their careers and advance the understanding, early detection, prevention, treatment, and cure of brain and behavior disorders.

This year's recipients include Clare L. Beasley (), who studies the role of microglial cells in altering the communications between neurons in patients with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia; Po-Hsiu Kuo (), whose research is focused on the mechanisms behind varying response to treatment for bipolar disorder; Derek William Morris (), who is working to uncover the role of epigenetics in schizophrenia and cognitive ability; Terunaga Nakagawa (), who will investigate the molecular mechanisms behind abnormal communication between neurons and how it leads to conditions such as autism and depression; and Patrick David Skosnik (), who will examine the interaction between cannabinoid and glutamatergic receptors and their role in psychosis. Ten of the this year's recipients had previously received Young Investigator Grants from the foundation.

"The uncertainty surrounding future prospects for government funding reinforces the need to support the important work of these scientists, whose research will help us better understand, prevent, diagnose and treat serious psychiatric illnesses," said Jeffrey Borenstein, president and CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. "The generosity of our donors makes these awards possible, and we are grateful to the members of our Scientific Council, who volunteer their time to select the most impactful research."

For a complete list of grant , see the BBRF website.

"." Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Press Release 04/06/2017.