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Release: Oct. 20, 1999

UI researchers receive $3.1 million NIMH grant

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Health Care researchers have received a major grant to continue their studies of the neurobiology of the brain and associated phenomena among patients with major psychiatric disorders.

The three-year award totals $3.1 million. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) approved the grant application from the Mental Health Clinical Research Center, directed by Nancy C. Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D., UI professor of psychiatry. Grants from the NIMH to the center for the 15-year period from 1987 to 2002 total $20.3 million in research support for the study of schizophrenia spectrum disorders.

"We are making great strides against this very devastating mental illness," Andreasen said. "We are pleased that the NIMH is helping us continue this important research."

In addition to the center award, Andreasen recently received two Public Health Service research grants, also funded by the NIMH.

The Mental Health Clinical Research Center is located in the UI Hospitals and Clinics. The research grant will fund the center’s four core and six research units. All 10 units support the research efforts of several interdepartmental faculty members at the UI.

Andreasen is the Andrew H. Woods Chair of Psychiatry in the UI College of Medicine. She also is 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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