The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (formerly NARSAD) has announced that Sara Weisenbach, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and a Depression Center member, has been selected to receive a 2012 NARSAD Young Investigator Grant. Dr. Weisenbach’s research aims to first identify and then combine biomarkers, in individuals with first-onset, unmedicated, late-life depression (LLD), with neuropsychological and behavioral measures. This will allow for the mechanistic definition of simplified, relatively inexpensive, non-imaging measures, anchored on a background of neurobiological correlates that may predict the course of cognition and functioning in individuals suffering from LLD. This could lead to more accurate assessments and better targeting of preventive and treatment strategies.
The NARSAD Young Investigator Grants provide support for the most promising young scientists conducting neurobiological research. A survey of previous recipients show that these awards are powerful catalysts for future funding, on average leading to subsequent grant awards totaling 11 times the original grant amount.