Newsmaker — October-November 2010
Dr. Carol Tamminga, chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, is one of 15 researchers worldwide to receive a 2010 Distinguished Investigator Award from NARSAD. The $100,000 grant will support Dr. Tamminga in studying in great detail the whole range of chemicals that might be involved in glutamate activity in the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus to get a better understanding of the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. The proposal of Dr. Tamminga, a member of NARSAD’s Scientific Council, was one of 170 submissions. The Distinguished Investigator program assists senior scientists who are on the threshold of a breakthrough or who wish to pursue a novel research idea. NARSAD raises funds to advance research on the causes, treatment and prevention of psychiatric disorders. Dr. Tamminga holds the Lou and Ellen McGinley Distinguished Chair in Psychiatric Research, the McKenzie Foundation Chair I in Psychiatry and the Communities Foundation of Texas Inc. Chair in Brain Science.