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Feinstein Investigators Receive Federal GO Grant to Study the Genetics of Schizophrenia
Date:10/9/2009

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a “Grand Opportunity” (GO) grant to a team of researchers – led by Todd Lencz, PhD, at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and Ariel Darvasi, PhD, of Hebrew University – to use cutting-edge technologies to help unravel the genetic basis of schizophrenia. More than two million dollars was awarded to the team, which also includes Anil Malhotra, MD, and Peter Gregersen, MD, of the Feinstein Institute and David Goldman, MD, of the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, to conduct this research.

Manhasset, NY (Vocus) October 9, 2009 -- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a “Grand Opportunity” (GO) grant to a team of researchers – led by Todd Lencz, PhD, at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and Ariel Darvasi, PhD, of Hebrew University – to use cutting-edge technologies to help unravel the genetic basis of schizophrenia. More than two million dollars was awarded to the team, which also includes Anil Malhotra, MD, and Peter Gregersen, MD, of the Feinstein Institute and David Goldman, MD, of the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, to conduct this research.

As described by the NIH, the GO grant program was designed to support “high impact ideas” that can “accelerate critical breakthroughs” in our understanding of human disease. The program was made possible by an infusion of money to the NIH under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (also known as the “economic stimulus package”), representing “the single largest boost to biomedical research in history,” according to President Barack Obama. In announcing the awards, President Obama singled out genetic research as “one of the most exciting areas of research to move forward as a result of this investment.” Eventual
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