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One Mind Institute Announces 2017 Rising Star Awards

August 24, 2017, Rutherford, CA - One Mind Institute has announced its 2017 Rising Star Awards, which are sponsored by One Mind Institute and Janssen Research & Development, LLC. These awards identify and fund pivotal, innovative research on the causes of and cures for brain disorders.

One Mind Institute’s Scientific Advisory Board has chosen Alik S. Widge, M.D., Ph.D., to receive the 2017 One Mind / Janssen Rising Star Translational Research Award in Honor of the late Jeffrey S. Nye, M.D., Ph.D., and Ian Maze, Ph.D., to receive the 2017 One Mind Rising Star Early Diagnostics Basic Research Award.

Dr. Widge is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Toward boosting the recovery of patients with illnesses such as schizophrenia, major depression, or obsessive-compulsive disorder, Dr. Widge proposes to identify precisely the brain circuits that govern the inflexibility of thinking common among patients with such illnesses, and to test whether neurostimulation of these circuits could improve mental flexibility. Learn more

Dr. Maze is Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Pharmacological Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Building on his recent discoveries in depression research, Dr. Maze proposes a potent aim: to determine whether testing the blood for reduced levels of a serotonin-modified protein could help to predict susceptibility to depression under stress, to diagnose major depressive disorder, and/or to predict whether antidepressant medications might help specific patients. Learn more

The One Mind Institute Rising Star awards encourage the community of researchers to innovate in their basic and translational science to benefit patients, while supporting the research of emerging leaders in the field. Award winners will strive to collaborate broadly by sharing their data as soon as possible through the One Mind Portal. They also fill a critical gap of support as the level of federal funds dedicated to research remains uncertain.

“Since 2011, Janssen’s ongoing support has enabled One Mind Institute to fund the potentially life-saving discoveries of seven brilliant scientists,” said Brandon Staglin, One Mind Institute Board Director. “Jeffrey Nye was Vice President, Neuroscience Innovation and Scientific Partnership Strategy, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, and a fundamental force behind Janssen’s partnership with One Mind Institute to offer these awards. We are proud to commemorate the contributions of this generous-hearted, team-building scientist by naming our 2017 Rising Star Translational Research Award in his honor.”

“Jeff Nye was a brilliant neuroscientist and a highly respected academic and colleague at Janssen”, said Husseini K. Manji, MD, Global Head, Neuroscience, Janssen Research & Development. “We are so proud that the 2017 One Mind / Janssen Rising Star Translational Research Award is being given in honor of Jeff. He represented the finest ideals in science and it is fitting to remember him in this way.”

The 2017 Rising Star Award winners were selected with the assistance and recommendations of the One Mind Institute scientific advisory board, which includes eleven of the leading brain scientists in the world, noted for their pioneering research in their respective fields. Each Rising Star recipient will receive $250,000 to fund research for their studies.

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