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July 3, 2007

Andreasen Receives Distinguished Investigator Award

Nancy Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry who holds the Andrew H. Woods Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, has received the 2007 Distinguished Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) : the Mental Health Research Association.

The award supports highly significant research by scientists who have established themselves as leaders in their fields and who are on the cusp of a breakthrough. Andreasen is one of 23 outstanding scientists nationwide chosen to receive this year's award.

Andreasen will receive a one-year grant of $100,000 to advance her neural-level study of the relationship between creativity and mental illness. Her study will examine and compare the rates of mental illness in a group of highly creative artists and scientists with those of a control group of noncreative individuals. Using advanced brain imaging techniques, she will observe subjects while they are performing tasks that require making "connections," a surrogate of creativity. Andreasen, a world-renowned expert on schizophrenia, intends to compare the cognitive style of these individuals to what is known about people with schizophrenia.

"Dr. Andreasen is an outstanding scientist, representing the very best in the field and pursuing innovative and promising research," said Constance E. Lieber, president of NARSAD.

Founded in 1987, NARSAD raises funds to advance research on the causes, treatment and prevention of psychiatric disorders. It is the largest donor-supported organization in the world devoted to funding scientific research on neuropsychiatric brain and behavior disorders. For additional information on NARSAD, visit the organization's Web site at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032,; Writer: Brandy Huseman