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Release: Nov. 4, 1999
Andreasen receives $2.7 million NIH award
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A University of Iowa Health Care
researcher has received a $2.7 million research award to fund her ongoing
studies of the structural abnormalities in the brains of people diagnosed
with major psychiatric illnesses.
Nancy C. Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D., UI professor of psychiatry,
received the Health ROI Award from the National Institutes of Health. The
project is titled, "Brain Imaging in the Major Psychoses: Structural
Imaging Studies." Funding for the project for the period from 1989 to
2004 now totals $7 million.
The new funding will continue Andreasens study
of the fundamental cognitive deficit that is characteristic of patients diagnosed
with schizophrenia. The research effort also examines the underlying dysfunction
of the neural circuits that provide interconnections and ongoing feedback
between the prefrontal cortex and the cerebellum, linked through the thalamus.
Andreasens research projects in neuroimaging
utilize technology that includes structural magnetic resonance (MR) imaging,
functional MR imaging and positron emission tomography (PET). She leads a
team that is working on three-dimensional image analysis techniques to integrate
multi-modality imaging and to develop innovative methods for analyzing structural
and functional imaging techniques in an automated manner.
Andreasen is the Andrew H. Woods Chair of Psychiatry
at the UI College of Medicine. She is also editor-in-chief of the American
Journal of Psychiatry. In addition, Andreasen has served as chair of the International
Advisory Board for the Nobel Symposium on Schizophrenia.
Previous honors for Andreasen include: the Research
Scientist Award; the American Psychiatric Association Prize for Research;
the Dean Award from the American College of Psychiatrists; the Distinguished
Service Award from the American College of Psychiatrists; the Robert Sommer
Award; the Award for Faculty Excellence from the Board of Regents, State of
Iowa; and, most recently, the Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health
from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
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