25th Anniversary

25 Year Anniversary


Hear what Scientific Council President, Herbert Pardes, M.D.
has to say about 25 years with the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation






NARSAD Grant Funding since 1987

With the generous support of our donors over the past 25 years, our research funding has improved the lives of those with mental illness with the development of:

  • Diagnostic tools / early intervention techniques:
    • to reduce the risk of severe mental illnesses
    • to reduce the risk of suicide
    • to screen for and diagnose depression
    • to identify autism early on
  • New technologies:
    • brain scanning for depression to determine if antidepressants are working
    • deep brain stimulation (DBS) for treating medication-resistant depression and bipolar disorder
    • transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for treating depression and auditory hallucinations in schizophrenia
    • optogenetics to better understand and treat depression and anxiety disorders
  • Basic research:
    • identification of candidate genes in all major brain and behavior disorders
    • creation of mice models to understand the causes and improve treatments of schizophrenia
    • genome-wide association studies (GWAS) to identify genetic underpinnings in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
  • Next generation therapies:
    • cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for the treatment of various disorders, including depression, schizophrenia, ADHD and OCD
    • parent child interaction therapy-emotion development (PCIT-ED) for early intervention in depression
    • improved medications for a variety of major brain and behavior disorders
    • rapid acting antidepressants

See our 25-Year Breakthrough Timeline