McLean Researcher Receives Coveted Award

September 12, 2001 -- Belmont, MA -- Martin Teicher, MD, PhD, director of the Developmental Biopsychiatry Lab at McLean Hospital, has been awarded an Independent Investigator grant from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD). Teicher will use the grant, which totals $100,000, to study adolescent depression.

Teicher's study will incorporate a newly developed functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) procedure that will provide vital information on the causes and effects of depression in adolescents. This new fMRI procedure has proven to be safer for children as they move through the adolescent stages of development.

"Since the adolescent brain goes through enormous change between puberty to adulthood, we cannot assume that childhood depression mirrors adult depression," said Teicher. "Depressed adolescents do not respond to some antidepressants effective in adulthood. This study will provide fundamental information about the nature of depression in adolescence."