New York University Professor Kenneth Carr has received a $100,000 grant from NARSAD, a charity which supports mental health research, to conduct research on brain circuitry related to addiction.
Carr, an associate professor of psychiatry and pharmacology at NYU School of Medicine who also holds an appointment in NYU’s Department of Psychology, is one of 42 innovative researchers awarded a NARSAD 2010 Independent Investigator grant for research in this area.
In his research project, Carr seeks to gain better understanding of the brain circuitry involved in the addictive process and its associative disorders.
NARSAD Independent Investigators seek to produce experimental results that will put them in a position to initiate major research programs and request major governmental grants. Receiving up to $100,000 over two years, they lead research programs of clinical and basic science investigations into the causes, mechanisms, and treatments for serious psychiatric disorders.
This year’s Independent Investigators come from 10 leading institutions in nine countries around the world, including Canada, Brazil, Israel, and Spain, and 21 leading institutions in the United States. Their research topics include schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, such as OCD and PTSD, and childhood disorders, such as autism and ADHD.
In this round of grants, NARSAD is awarding more than $4.1 million to support leading investigators worldwide. Since 1987 NARSAD has awarded more than $257.5 million in 3,790 grants to 3,116 scientists around the world.
“This year’s applicants brought forward exceptional and diverse proposals that will lead to significant discoveries in the field of psychiatry,” said Robert M. Post, M.D., a member of the Scientific Council and chair of the committee that selected the 2010 Independent Investigators. “We identify those proposals we believe demonstrate the most innovative and promising paths toward better understanding and treatment of psychiatric disorders. As always, the committee was challenged in its selection process and ultimately extremely proud to recommend and support these 42 brilliant, dedicated scientists.”
Through these Independent Investigator grants, NARSAD continues its almost 25-year history as the world’s leading donor-supported organization dedicated to finding the causes, improved treatments and cures for psychiatric illness. Its mission is to alleviate suffering from mental disorders by raising and distributing funds for scientific research into such conditions as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and child and adolescent disorders, among others.