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Three Mailman Research Center investigators awarded prestigious grants

March 28th, 2005

Vadim Bolshakov

Vadim Bolshakov

Deborah Levy

Deborah Levy

David Lee

David Lee

Three researchers in McLean's Mailman Research Center have been awarded prestigious grants for their work.

The National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) recently awarded two Independent Investigator grants totaling approximately $200,000 to Vadim Bolshakov, PhD, director McLean's Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory, and Deborah L. Levy, PhD, interim director for McLean's Psychology Research Laboratory.

Dr. Bolshakov will conduct a study on brain conditioning in rats, to better understand human anxiety disorder. His study results could lead to new brain targets for anti-anxiety medications. Dr. Levy will study relational memory in schizophrenia patients, to advance understanding of cognitive dysfunction in schizophrenia, and of the neurobiology of the disorder. Earlier this year, an unprecedented thirteen additional researchers were awarded NARSAD Young Investigator Awards.

David Yue-Wei Lee, Ph.D., director of the Bio-Organic and Natural Products Laboratory, was recently awarded a five year Center Grant funded jointly by the NIH's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The $5.8 million grant will study the effects of traditional Chinese herbal remedies and acupuncture techniques to reduce substance abuse cravings and relapse. The Center Grant, which has four core projects, will focus on (1) purification of the herbs, (2) preclinical evaluation of the efficacy of the herbal remedies and (3) the acupuncture technique, and (4) a clinical component designed to evaluate promising developments.

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