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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 research, donated human brains have helped us achieve great gains in furthering our understanding...

National Eating Disorders Brain Bank Will Contribute to Mental Health Research and Care

McLean Hospital’s Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center (HBTRC) and the Foundation for Research and Education in Eating Disorders (FREED), an organization dedicated to helping determine the causes and risk factors associated with eating disorders, have partnered to establish the first and only national brain bank dedicated to research into eating disorders—the National Eating Disorders...

FREED and McLean Hospital Launch the National Eating Disorders Brain Bank

The Foundation for Research and Education in Eating Disorders (FREED) and the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center (HBTRC) at McLean Hospital today announced the establishment of the first and only national brain bank dedicated to research in eating disorders. The National Eating Disorders Brain Bank is a resource to the community to help advance studies to find the causes of eating disorders...

McLean Hospital Releases New Findings on Circadian Rhythms and Bipolar Disorder

Results of the first study of its kind to link abnormalities in circadian rhythms to changes in specific neurotransmitters in people with bipolar disorder will be published this week in the journal Biological Psychiatry. The three-year study conducted by McLean researchers points to specific neuroanatomical changes in human subjects with these illnesses, and specifically to neurons that regulate...

New Postmortem Brain Collection for PTSD and TBI Research Launched at McLean Hospital

McLean Hospital, in partnership with Cohen Veterans Bioscience, has established a vital collection of postmortem brains to be used in research on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) in veteran and civilian populations. According to McLean Hospital Chief Scientific Officer Kerry J. Ressler, MD, PhD, who along with colleague Sabina Berretta, MD, scientific...

Cohen Veterans Bioscience Launches Partnerships with McLean Hospital and the Broad Institute

Cohen Veterans Bioscience today announced two new collaborative partnership efforts that will provide critical research tools for understanding the underlying neurobiology and genetics of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) with the goal of accelerating the development of first generation diagnostics and treatments. For the partnership with the Stanley Center...

Rogers Family Foundation: Supports Cutting-Edge Geriatric Psychiatry Research

Depression was ruining the life of an elderly woman with dementia who was being treated at McLean’s Geriatric Psychiatry Unit—just as these illnesses bring suffering to so many others. After standard treatments failed, a course of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) finally brought relief. To the clinicians’ surprise, the ECT also reduced the agitated and aggressive behaviors that...

Brain Power: Francine M. Benes, MD, PhD

As an aspiring neuroscientist in the late 1960s, Francine M. Benes, MD, PhD, worked in a neuroscience research laboratory at Creedmore State Mental Health Hospital in Queens, New York, where she had the chance to observe patients with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. The young graduate student often pondered how abnormalities in their brains contributed to their problems with thinking...

Sabina Berretta, MD

Sabina Berretta, MD, began her research training under the mentorship of Dr. V. Perciavalle at University of Catania, Italy. In 1990, she joined the laboratory directed by Dr. A. M. Graybiel in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, working neural circuitry linking the motor cortex to basal ganglia. In 1997, Dr. Berretta moved to McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School to work...

John C. Hedreen, MD

A graduate of Harvard University, John C. Hedreen, MD, received his medical degree from Case Western University School of Medicine. He is a former faculty member of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Hedreen is the director of neuropathology at McLean’s Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center and is a lecturer on psychiatry, part time, at...

T. Wilson Woo, MD, PhD

Dr. Woo’s research interest is in defining the nature of cortical circuitry disturbances in schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, and in understanding the developmental neurobiological pathways that lead to these disturbances. In addition to his research, Dr. Woo maintains an active clinical practice. His ultimate goal is to translate research findings from the laboratory into...