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Weill Cornell Institute for Geriatric Psychiatry awarded $10 million grant
Date:9/24/2009

WHITE PLAINS, NY (Sept. 24, 2009) -- The Weill Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division announced today it has received the largest grant in its 20-year history. One of a handful awarded nationally, the new $10 million, five-year "Center Grant" from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) will enable NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell investigators to advance their pioneering work in understanding the biological, medical, cognitive and psychosocial problems of depressed seniors. The grant is one of the largest ever given by NIMH to study geriatric depression.

The grant's principal investigator is Dr. George Alexopoulos, founder and director of the Weill Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry at NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester, professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and director of the NIMH-supported Advanced Center for Interventions and Services Research (ACISR) in late-life depression. He is recognized as one of the world's leading geriatric psychiatry researchers in late-life depression and its treatment.

Dr. Alexopoulos, who has spent his career of more than 30 years investigating late-life depression, said, "To receive a Center Grant by NIMH, a team must have a critical mass of competitively-funded research projects and demonstrate that the Center's new projects and structures will result in a scientific product that will be greater than the sum of its individual projects. As such, the Center Grant represents an endorsement by NIMH of the scope and importance of our team's work."

He added: "This is an exciting time in the history of the Weill Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry. The 'Center Grant' is significant because it will enable our investigators to synthesize their findings in a meaningful way and develop new tools and practices needed to reduce the burden of depression and disability in elderly persons who have limited access to quali
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Contact: Eliza Whoriskey O'Neill
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914-682-6991
New York- Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center/Weill Cornell Medical College
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