McLean Hospital Researcher Receives Grant

July 30, 2001 -- Belmont, MA -- William Carlezon, PhD, director of the Behavioral Genetics Laboratory at McLean Hospital, has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Johnson & Johnson Corporation of New Brunswick, New Jersey. He will use the grant to study the biological basis of depression.

Carlezon’s work will focus primarily on identifying factors in the brain that trigger depression. "Understanding what happens in the brain when a patient suffers from depression is the first step toward finding better treatments and, eventually, a cure for this debilitating disorder," Carlezon said.

Carlezon established his laboratory in the Mailman Research Center at McLean Hospital in 1998. He received his bachelor’s degree in biopsychology at Bates College in Maine, his PhD in psychology at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, and his postdoctoral training in molecular biology at Yale University School of Medicine in Connecticut.