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Funding for Mental Health Research is a Priority

The New York Times recently reported on the Stanley Family’s $650 million gift to The Broad Institute, a biomedical research center.

This is one of the largest private donations ever made to scientific research. The donation will fund research on the DNA regions that have been affiliated with mental illness. Information found in this research has the potential to provide pharmaceutical companies with necessary information to develop new drugs and guide future treatments. The research is the first step in a long process.

Funding for research on mental illness has declined in recent years. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that “…mental illnesses are among the conditions that are underfunded by the NIH (National Institute of Health) in relation to their burden on society. NIH funding priorities should, of course, also be influenced by scientific promise”. NAMI continues to advocate for increased funding for research to investigate mental illness.

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