The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation announced the top 10 Discoveries of 2013 by NARSAD Grantees, which provide new insight into the mysteries of the brain and potential treatments for people with depression,anxiety, schizophrenia, PTSD and panic disorder. The new discoveries are featured in an article by Robert Glatter, M.D., on Forbes.com titled “The Brain And Behavior Research Foundation: Making A Difference In Mental Health Research.” The discoveries in basic research, new technology, next generation therapies and early intervention ranged from findings showing the brain adds 1,400 new neurons a day throughout a person’s lifetime to the identification of brain activity that predicts whether people with serious depression will respond better to antidepressants or psychotherapy.
“We are entering the golden age of brain research,” says Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., President & CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, noting that 2013 was a year of highly significant advances such as CLARITY, which provides scientists with high resolution 3-D images of the brain. “The top 10 findings of 2013 highlight the kind of scientific work that will help us understand, treat and cure the mental illnesses that affect one in four people. Because federal funding for research is steadily declining, private funding is required to drive the kind of high-risk, high-reward research that changes lives.”