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Release: Oct. 20, 1999
UI researchers receive $3.1 million NIMH grant
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Health Care
researchers have received a major grant to continue their studies of the neurobiology
of the brain and associated phenomena among patients with major psychiatric
The three-year award totals $3.1 million. The National
Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) approved the grant application from the
Mental Health Clinical Research Center, directed by Nancy C. Andreasen, M.D.,
Ph.D., UI professor of psychiatry. Grants from the NIMH to the center for
the 15-year period from 1987 to 2002 total $20.3 million in research support
for the study of schizophrenia spectrum disorders.
"We are making great strides against this very
devastating mental illness," Andreasen said. "We are pleased that
the NIMH is helping us continue this important research."
In addition to the center award, Andreasen recently
received two Public Health Service research grants, also funded by the NIMH.
The Mental Health Clinical Research Center is located
in the UI Hospitals and Clinics. The research grant will fund the centers
four core and six research units. All 10 units support the research efforts
of several interdepartmental faculty members at the UI.
Andreasen is the Andrew H. Woods Chair of Psychiatry
in the UI College of Medicine. She also is editor-in-chief of the American
Journal of Psychiatry. In addition, Andreasen has served as chair of the International
Advisory Board for the Nobel Symposium on Schizophrenia.
Previous honors for Andreasen include: the Research
Scientist Award; the American Psychiatric Association Prize for Research;
the Dean Award from the American College of Psychiatrists; the Distinguished
Service Award from the American College of Psychiatrists; the Robert Sommer
Award; the Award for Faculty Excellence from the Board of Regents, State of
Iowa; and, most recently, the Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health
from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership
between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the
patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.