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Release: Oct. 28, 1999

Andreasen receives $3.6 million NIMH grant to continue schizophrenia research

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A University of Iowa Health Care researcher has received a major grant to continue her study of patients diagnosed with schizophrenia.

The National Institute of Mental Health recently notified Nancy C. Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D., UI professor of psychiatry, that she is the recipient of its Merit Award for the Phenomenology and Classification of Schizophrenia. The award totals $3.6 million.

The purpose of the research is to understand the symptoms of schizophrenia in terms of its underlying mechanisms, to redefine the phenotype (observable characteristics) of individuals with schizophrenia and to describe the lifelong trajectory of the illness and its long-term outcomes.

Funding for Andreasen's research on schizophrenia for the 21-year period from 1983 to 2004 now totals $9 million. Her research effort is the largest, and perhaps the earliest, longitudinal study of patients diagnosed with schizophrenia ever established.

Andreasen, a specialist with UI Behavioral Health, 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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