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The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation names winners of Klerman and Freedman Prizes
Date:7/28/2014

was awarded to Theodore D. Satterthwaite, M.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine, for his work using neuroimaging to identify the biological roots of major mental illness. Dr. Satterthwaite used his NARSAD Grant to conduct research with functional MRI (fMRI) brain scans to examine impairment of the brain's reward system in people with bipolar and unipolar depression. He discovered a distinct pattern of activity in the brain's reward system that may serve as a biomarker (biological predictor) for future treatment interventions and make it possible to distinguish between the two disorders in the early stages of illness.

"The support provided by the NARSAD Young Investigator Grant has been critical in promoting my research career, allowing me to implement a study of my own design at a very early stage of my career," said Dr. Satterthwaite. "The award provided protected time for research during the vulnerable period of transition from clinical training; this support has allowed me to compete successfully for additional funding and progress to become an independent scientist."

The 2014 Freedman Prize for Exceptional Basic Research was awarded to Denis Jabaudon, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Neurosciences at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, and Senior Attending Physician in the Neurology Outpatient Clinic of the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at Geneva University Hospital. Dr. Jabaudon's research on the genetic mechanisms that control the identity of a wide diversity of neurons that make up the cerebral cortex, the brain's center of higher cognitive processes.

In an elaborate choreography during development, these neurons assemble to form circuits that make it possible for us to perceive, understand and interact with the world. Dr. Jabaudon's NARSAD Grant project showed that neurons and the circuits they form are not only more plastic than was previously thought, but can be manipula
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