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Salk researchers receive prestigious NARSAD Young Investigator Grants

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Left to right: Jiwon Choi, Euiseok J. Kim, Kristen J. Brennand, and Xin Wang

Four Salk researchers have been awarded highly competitive NARSAD* Young Investigator Grants from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. The program, which has been the driving force behind thousands of scientific achievements, provides resources to young scientists conducting innovative neurobiological research that may otherwise not get funded.

Jiwon Choi and Euiseok J. Kim, researchers in Edward Callaway's Systems Neurobiology Laboratories; Kristen J. Brennand in Fred Gage's Laboratory of Genetics; and Xin Wang, who works in Terry Sejnowski's Computational Neurobiology Laboratory, all received the grants.

Out of the 1,030 applications received, only 202 researchers were selected.

Since 1987, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation has given nearly $300 million in over 4,000 NARSAD grants to more than 3,300 scientists around the world. The grants are among the most competitive in biomedical research because of the great ability and career success of the applicants.

"The NARSAD Young Investigator Grants have led to groundbreaking and important new research that has improved the lives of people living with mental illness through enhanced treatments and therapies and a better understanding of the causes of mental illness," said Benita Shobe, president and CEO of the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.

* NARSAD is an acronym for National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, the former name of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation