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Grant extends funding for the Broad's Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research
Date:5/17/2011

atically change the field of psychiatric research. With new genetic methods, tools for studying the brain's circuitry, and ways to grow cells in culture that accurately mimic living cells in the brain, the Broad's Stanley Center researchers can now bring these remarkable tools to bear on schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, as well as other psychiatric illnesses.

"It's really a new world and it's just starting," said Scolnick. "All of this has happened in the last few years. What's different in the field now is it's no longer stuck. A few years ago, no matter what you wanted to do, you didn't have a way of approaching these illnesses experimentally. And now you do."

Already, the Broad's Stanley Center and its partner institutions have uncovered several genes that confer risk of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia and have even found that these two diseases share common risk genes. Additionally, the researchers have revealed important biological pathways or chains of molecular events tied to the development of schizophrenia, which could lead to better treatment approaches. The new funding from the SMRI will provide sustained support for this kind of transformative research through early 2022.

"The Stanley Center brings together scientists with different areas of expertise to work together toward a common goal: uncovering the molecular mechanisms of mental illness to bring about better treatment," said Eric S. Lander, director of the Broad Institute. "Genomic tools are accelerating the pace of discovery in psychiatric disease research and the additional support of the Stanley Medical Research Institute ensures that this progress will continue for many years to come."


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Contact: Nicole Davis
ndavis@broadinstitute.org
617-714-7152
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Source:Eurekalert

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