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Lecturer Lourdes Fañanás receives the 2017 NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grant

Lourdes Fañanás is member of the Faculty of Biology, the Institut of Biomedicine of the UB (IBUB) and the CIBERSAM.

Lourdes Fañanás is member of the Faculty of Biology, the Institut of Biomedicine of the UB (IBUB) and the CIBERSAM.

26/01/2018

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Lourdes Fañanás, lecturer at the Faculty of Biology and the Institute of Biomedicine of the UB (IBUB), will lead a project funded with a NARSAD grant given to distinguished researchers, an initiative from the Brain & Behaviour Research Foundation (United States), which promotes research in the field of mental disorders and neurological diseases.

 

The council of the Foundation –which includes distinguished scientists with Nobel Prizes- will send 1,7 million dollars to fund seventeen international science projects, which were selected in the 2017 call for the NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grants. “By funding creative research that explores new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat psychiatric disorders, the Distinguished Investigator Grants support and encourage established scientists to advance our understanding about mental illness, and brain and behavior disorders”, highlighted the president of the Foundation, Jeffrey Borenstein.

 

Lourdes Fañanás, who received the first NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grant in Spain, is an expert on the study of genetic and environmental mechanisms related to human behaviour and on the origins of neurological and mental diseases. Member of the Zoology and Anthropology sections at the Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Fañanas also leads a research group in the Mental Health Biomedical Research Networking Center (CIBERSAM). With the support of the NARSAD Grant, Lourdes Fañanas will launch a project to study the impact of prenatal stress as a risk factor in the development of mental disorders.

The Brain & Behaviour Foundation is a leading American non-governmental entity in grant programs to promote scientific research in the field of mental disorders. Since 1987, this entity has funded projects to more than 4,500 researchers from 547 institutions worldwide, among which stand out the studies led by the researchers Lourdes Fañanás (2008 and 2017), and Ana Isabel Martínez (2013), and Rafael Penadés (2016) from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the University of Barcelona and Hospital Clínic-IDIBAPS.


 

 


 

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