The National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) awarded grants to seven UW researchers from the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
NARSAD is a non-profit organization that has awarded over $112 million in research grants in the United States. and abroad for studies on depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, bipolar illness and other neuropsychiatric conditions. A scientific council of 65 scientists selects the winners.
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences researchers who received NARSAD grants this year are:
- Benjamin Cheyette, acting assistant professor, who examines the role of the biochemical-signaling pathway Wnt in neural development and behavior.
- Ruth Kohen, lecturer, who studies the potential role of genes in depression.
- Jagoda Pasic, acting assistant professor, who is looking at the possible association of platelet activity and heart failure in patients with depression.
- Molly M. Shores, assistant professor, who researches the possible association of testosterone levels and depression in older men.
- Patricia Szot, research assistant professor, who examines the role of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine in mediating antidepressant effects of desipramine.
- Debby Tsuang, acting assistant professor, who analyzes neuropsychological measurements in families with schizophrenia.
- Amanda Ernst Wood, clinical instructor, who studies learning in patients with schizophrenia
The UW department ranked fourth among institutions, after Harvard, Yale and Columbia, in the number of researchers awarded grants.