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Release: March 30, 2001

Two UI researchers receive young investigator grants

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two University of Iowa Health Care researchers recently received prestigious young investigator grants from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD).

Caroline Carney Doebbeling, M.D., and Robert Philibert, M.D., Ph.D., will each receive a grant of $60,000. Doebbeling is investigating the relationship between psychiatric disorders and the development of brain tumors. She holds a joint appointment as an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and the department of internal medicine. Philibert, an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry, is studying certain gene mutations that might be associated with schizophrenia.

NARSAD is the largest non-governmental organization that funds brain research worldwide. NARSAD’s Scientific Review Council is composed of 65 scientists and academic leaders in all areas of neurobiological and psychiatric research. The council reviews hundreds of applications each year and funds the most promising research proposals.

NARSAD’s Young Investigators awards are intended to provide important early career support for scientists. Along with continuing support for distinguished and independent investigators, NARSAD expects grant recipients to play key roles in discovering the causes, new treatments and eventual cures for mental illness.

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