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Zucker Hillside Researchers to Receive Large Federal Grant to Test for the Early Treatment of Schizophrenia
Date:7/21/2009

People with schizophrenia have long received an inconsistent mix of treatments depending on where they lived and what doctors they saw. Now, the federal government has announced an innovative study to test the impact of the best available treatments and whether the interventions will reduce future episodes of schizophrenia and help young people get their brains and lives back on track.

Manhasset, NY (Vocus) July 21, 2009 -- People with schizophrenia have long received an inconsistent mix of treatments depending on where they lived and what doctors they saw. Now, the federal government has announced an innovative study to test the impact of the best available treatments and whether the interventions will reduce future episodes of schizophrenia and help young people get their brains and lives back on track.

The study, called RAISE, is a contract funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institutes of Health and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The government will fund $40 million over six years -- of which about half is earmarked for scientists at The Zucker Hillside Hospital campus of The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. The project will involve two independent teams of researchers, one being led by Zucker Hillside/Feinstein scientists and another at Columbia University’s New York State Psychiatric Institute.

The interventions include the latest pharmacological and psychosocial treatments; the study design includes doctors, patients, families and scientists who will weigh in on the interventions to identify what works and what doesn’t. Once the intervention package is complete, scientists will train doctors and other health professionals throughout the country and then test the treatments in small towns and big cities around the nation where one in every 100 young adults and their families are handed the devastat
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