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Improving Lives Through Innovative Translational Research

Scientists at McLean Hospital are gaining more insight into the causes of mental illness, neuropsychiatric disorders, and neurodevelopmental disorders by using cutting-edge approaches and technology to manipulate pathways and circuits in the brains of animals that produce behaviors similar to humans.


Brain Donation for Mental Health Research: Why Do We Need Healthy Brains?

We usually don’t think about our brains when considering organ donation. We are more apt to think about how our other organs, such as the kidneys, lungs, or heart, could potentially save the life of another person.

A donated brain, however, also has tremendous potential to help others. Through...

Potential New Treatment for PTSD Discovered

McLean Hospital researchers are reporting that xenon gas, used in humans for anesthesia and diagnostic imaging, has the potential to be a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other memory-related disorders.

“In our study, we found that xenon gas has the capability of reducing...

Department of Defense Grant Looks At Nicotine’s Role in PTSD

Researchers at McLean’s Behavioral Genetics Lab are using animal models to study the effects of nicotine on vulnerability to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a study funded by the Department of Defense (DoD). While the three-year, $600,000 study still has a year left to go, preliminary findings...

2016-2017 Fellowships Awarded to 12 McLean Hospital Researchers

McLean Hospital has announced the award recipients of one pre-doctoral and 11 post-doctoral fellowships for the 2016-2017 academic year. These fellowships are made possible by a combination of generous support from donors and McLean’s internal funding resources.

The hospital is grateful to its donors...