Silverstein is studying maternal depression and is exploring detection and treatment options in the community setting, using for example, programs like Head Start and Early Intervention. He is experimenting with motivational interviewing and cognitive behavior therapy. "Our project is a community-based maternal depression prevention trial that enrolls young mothers at risk for developing major depressive disorder. The project takes place in Head Start and aims to enroll 230 women over five years."
"While these awards fund specific projects, they are truly an investment in specific people," said NIMH director Thomas R. Insel, MD. Inspired by the success of the NIH Director's Pioneer Awards and New Innovator Awards, both of which are designed to provide support for innovative research that has the potential for unusually high impact on health science. "The hope is that BRAINS awards will give early stage investigators enough flexibility to take risks on tough problems that are central to neuroscience and to the understanding of mental illness, such as the nature and development of neural circuits and the genetic factors and environmental influences that both shape and disrupt them," he adds.
The BRAINS program awards up to $1.625 million over five years for early career scientists focusing on a gap area identified in the Institute's Strategic Plan.
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Boston University Medical Center