Eight Yale affiliates awarded NARSAD Young Investigator Grants

Eight Yale neuroscientists have been awarded research grants through the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation’s NARSAD Young Investigator Grant Program.

The grants for 2018 address exceptional research questions across diagnostic categories, from schizophrenia and depression to anxiety, PTSD, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, addiction and bipolar disorder, among others.

The foundation has awarded more than $394 million in grants since 1987, funding more than 5,700 research projects.

"The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is pleased to support young scientists pursuing the most innovative research into mental illness," said Foundation President and CEO Jeffrey Borenstein, MD.  "The research conducted by these Yale grantees provides tremendous hope for continued advancements in our understanding of the brain."

Receiving grants from Yale in 2018 are:

Hengyi Cao, PhD 

Project Title: Functional Connectome Fingerprinting as a Novel Biomarker for Psychosis Prediction and Development: A Feasibility Study

Program Area: Schizophrenia/Psychotic Disorders

Amount of Grant: $35,000

 

Suhas Ganesh, MD

Project Title: The Effects of Cannabis Exposure on the Adolescent Human Epigenome – A Longitudinal Study

Program Area: Addiction/Substance-Related Disorders

Amount of Grant: $69,824

 

Junjie Guo, PhD

Project Title: Role of FMRP in Synaptic Localization of Neuronal RNAs

Program Area: Pervasive Developmental Disorders

Amount of Grant: $70,000

 

Brendan Deegan Hare, PhD

The research conducted by these Yale grantees provides tremendous hope for continued advancements in our understanding of the brain.

Jeffrey Borenstein, MD, President and CEO, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Project Title: Establishing Medial Prefrontal Cortex Rapid Antidepressant Circuits

Program Area: Mood Disorders

Amount of Grant: $70,000

 

Alfred P. Kaye, MD, PhD

Project Title: Circuit Mechanisms of a Pupillary Biomarker for Stress-induced Hyperarousal

Program Area: Anxiety Disorders

Amount of Grant: $70,000

 

David A. Matuskey, MD

Project Title: PET Imaging of Synaptic Density in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Program Area: Pervasive Developmental Disorders

Amount of Grant: $70,000

 

Sarah Winsland Yip, PhD, MSc

Project Title: Neuromarkers of Opioid Relapse in Patients With and Without Chronic Pain

Program Area: Addiction/Substance-Related Disorders

Amount of Grant: $69,212

 

Hang Zhou, PhD

Project Title: Identifying Genetic Risks for Comorbid Major Depression and Substance Use Disorders by Large-scale Whole Exome Sequencing

Program Area: Mood Disorders

Amount of Grant: $70,000

This article was submitted by Christopher Gardner on September 4, 2018.