Briefly: Neurobiology professor awarded $5.1 million grant

Nenad Sestan, an associate professor of neurobiology at the Yale School of Medicine, has received a $5.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to create a comprehensive map of the human brain’s development. Using the two-year grant funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant, Sestan will identify genes involved in the brain’s formation and maturation, work that could help researchers understand the neurological foundations of conditions such as schizophrenia and autism. The research may also allow for the identification of other disease genes and may foster the development of new therapeutic strategies for the treatment of other neurological disorders, according to Sestan’s project proposal.

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