Top 10 Advances in Psychiatric Research for 2019 from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Posted: January 23, 2020

NEW YORK (January 23, 2020) – The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, the largest private funder of mental health research grants, has announced the 2019 Leading Research Achievements by BBRF Grantees, Prizewinners & Scientific Council Members. These scientists are making significant advances in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental health conditions that impact millions of people around the world. Research progress has been reported in schizophrenia, psychosis, ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, autism spectrum disorder, PTSD, depression and addiction.

“We are pleased to present these important research studies that reflect some of the most innovative ideas in neuroscience and psychiatry today,” says Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., President and CEO of BBRF. “In supporting psychiatric research, our goal is to better understand the causes and develop new ways to treat brain and behavior disorders.”

“Our model encourages the work of leading scientists who are striving to dramatically improve the lives of people with mental illness and brain disorders,”  says Herbert Pardes, M.D., President of the BBRF Scientific Council and Executive Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

Research achievements are presented in the order of their publication in scientific journals in 2019:

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The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation awards research grants to develop improved treatments, cures, and methods of prevention for mental illness. These illnesses include addiction, ADHD, anxiety, autism, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, depression, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD, and schizophrenia, as well as research on suicide prevention. Since 1987, the Foundation has awarded more than $408 million to fund more than 4,800 leading scientists around the world, which has led to over $4 billion in additional funding. 100% of every dollar donated for research is invested in research grants. BBRF operating expenses are covered by separate foundation grants. BBRF is the producer of the Emmy® nominated public television series Healthy Minds with Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, which aims to remove the stigma of mental illness and demonstrate that with help, there is hope.