Research Suggests a Hopeful Future

DEC. 12, 2016

By Mary Giliberti, J.D.


NAMI views scientific research as a critical source of hope for people affected by mental illness and their families. That’s why every year, we recognize a leading researcher with our Scientific Research Award for their contributions to the mental health community. This year, the award not only represents the hope of discovery, but also collaboration and teamwork.

The recipient is a team of groundbreaking scientists who have uncovered a piece of the puzzle that explains how people develop schizophrenia. Working as an interdisciplinary team, they have unlocked a few secrets of the body’s most complex organ: the brain. The team includes:

  • Dr. Michael Carroll, Director, PhD Graduate Program in Immunology and Co-director of the Masters in Medical Sciences in Immunology Program of Harvard Medical School

  • Dr. Steven McCarroll, Associate Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Director of Genetics for the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

  • Dr. Beth Stevens, Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Boston’s Children’s Hospital

Learn more about their exciting discovery and their continuing work in this video:

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APR, 09, 2017 11:25:57 PM
This article speaks directly about Dr. McCarroll's research and their findings around the genetic puzzle behind schizophrenia.

DEC, 30, 2016 09:46:29 PM
Nick Wilhelm
The video presentation could have been more specific about the link between genetic research and how targeted agents could better serve those in need in chemical therapy. The hope message was less due to a lack of communicating just how the research has expanded positive activity.

DEC, 30, 2016 05:01:10 PM
Please keep the comments about Schizophrenia coming!

DEC, 29, 2016 12:12:39 PM
Marilyn Martin
This post could have been more informative. Which pieces of the puzzle did the team unlock?

DEC, 29, 2016 03:01:53 AM
Im intrested in the schizophrenia items

DEC, 28, 2016 08:13:18 PM
Gertie Kandris
I am encouraged that there is ongoing research into schizophrenia. After watching this video I did not fully understand which part of the puzzle this Team of Scientists has unlocked.

DEC, 28, 2016 09:56:02 AM
I want to learn more

DEC, 20, 2016 02:16:07 AM
Linda Vensel
Want to learn more about rights with Disability.

DEC, 14, 2016 03:45:47 AM
This is wonderful information that is very encouraging and informative for patients and their families.

DEC, 12, 2016 03:13:45 PM
NAMI help me to be educated about the Menthal Illness.
Congratulations toall of you.
Thank you

DEC, 12, 2016 03:12:12 PM
NAMI help me to be educated about the Menthal Illness.
Congratulations toall of you.
Thank you

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