Collaboration Offers Promise For Neuroscience Research.

In print and in the New York Times (12/23, D3) “Well” blog, psychiatrist Richard A. Friedman, MD, of the Weill Cornell Medical College, observes, “Of all the major illnesses, mental or physical, depression has been one of the toughest to subdue.” Now, “at a time when federal research funds are shrinking and major drug companies have all but shuttered their brain research programs, enlightened philanthropists and entrepreneurs are helping to open a promising new pathway for neuroscience research: collaboration among researchers willing and able to take thoughtful risks and solve big problems.” Dr. Friedman also quotes Huda Akil, psychiatry professor at the University of Michigan, who points out that the strength behind the Hope for Depression Research Foundation is the fact that scientists there “‘can think about big ideas and take risks without worrying about what grant reviewers’ – like the National Institute of Mental Health, the major source of federal funding for psychiatric research – ‘might think.’”

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— “A New Focus on Depression, “Richard A. Friedman, The New York Times, December 23, 2013.

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