The 1907 Foundation today announced the recipients of the second annual 1907 Trailblazer Award.
– Guoping Feng, PhD
NAPLES, FL, UNITED STATES, December 26, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – The 1907 Foundation today announced the recipients of the second annual 1907 Trailblazer Award. The two-year grants, worth $ 120,000 each, were awarded to two promising scientists to pursue new research proposals in mental health:
Jonathan Power, MD, PhD for his proposal “Neuroimaging Series in Pregnancy: Linking Neurosteroids to Brain Changes and Mood.”
Hongying (Hoy) Shen, PhD for his proposal “Enabling a Metabolic Approach for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders”.
“Our second year of the 1907 Trailblazer Prize is a testament to the multidisciplinary approach. We are excited about these emerging scientists seeking uncharted territory across disciplines and patient samples, ”said Guoping Feng, MD, PhD, Co-Founder and Chairman of the 1907 Foundation Scientific Advisory Board.
Dr Jonathan Power is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Power’s research will detect how women’s brains and hormone levels change during pregnancy, and what specific types of structural and functional brain changes mark or predict peripartum mental illness through repetitive MRI scans throughout. the pregnancy.
“Pregnancy is a common window of time to develop mental illness, affecting 1 in 5 women. Brain scans, combined with biological and emotional measures, could help show why and how these illnesses develop, but scientists don’t scan almost never pregnant women… We offer to scan women several times during pregnancy, using cutting-edge, efficient and safe scanning techniques, while monitoring their hormone levels and mood. We will detect, in every woman, how the brain changes during pregnancy and what specific types of structural and functional changes in the brain mark or predict peripartum mental illness.
Dr Hoy Shen is Assistant Professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at the Yale School of Medicine. Recent discoveries in human genetics have implicated dozens of metabolic enzymes of unknown functions in psychiatric disorders. This presents an opportunity for Dr. Shen’s research to overcome the limitations of the focus on neurotransmitters in the chemical imbalance theory of mental illness, where results have been hampered by ineffective treatments, difficult side effects and the lack of molecular biomarkers.
“My laboratory studies cell metabolism, cell biology and metabolomics to characterize ‘orphan’ metabolic enzymes and transporters encoded in the human genome… The discovery of these unknown metabolic activities could generate fundamental biological information on the complexity of the human metabolome harnessed in the human brain and bridge the knowledge gap at the interface between metabolism and neuroscience, while also holding translational potential to discover new biochemical bases for brain disorders.
Its goal is to elucidate the roles of these new brain enzymes in creating transformative knowledge of the biochemical mechanisms that cause mental illness. They expect their findings to enable new metabolic approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of a range of psychiatric disorders.
“Even in science, confirmation bias can have a negative influence on supported theories. The 1907 Foundation is building a system to reduce this effect as much as possible and reward new ideas rather than suppress them, ”said Vanessa Tolosa, PhD and chair of the 1907 Foundation’s scientific research committee.
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The 1907 Foundation is a public charity that funds innovative research in mental health. The 1907 Foundation’s team of scientists, technologists and investors take a blind, software-assisted approach to deciding which new research projects to fund. The 1907 Trailblazer Award is presented annually to a select cohort of MDs and early career doctorates at leading hospitals and universities. Donations support the research of young scientists into the causes and cures of mental illness.
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