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Dream Team Plans a Blitz on Schizophrenia

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Science  09 Jul 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5988, pp. 130
DOI: 10.1126/science.329.5988.130

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Three top neuroscientists are betting big money and their scientific careers on a new approach to studying schizophrenia and other psychiatric diseases. With help from philanthropists, they are launching an institute that will look for treatments by probing early brain development for the origins of mental illness. The nonprofit Lieber Institute for Brain Development will be led by Daniel Weinberger of the National Institute of Mental Health. Ronald McKay of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke will be director of basic science. Both will leave government jobs for the new institute, which will be an independent affiliate of the adjacent Johns Hopkins University. The institute's third founder and elder statesman is Johns Hopkins neuropharmacologist Solomon Snyder.