Funding Priorities

Brain disorders are among the most serious health problems facing our society, causing untold human suffering and enormous economic costs. They are also among the most mysterious of all diseases, and our ignorance of the underlying disease mechanisms is a major obstacle to the development of better treatments. At the McGovern Institute we are approaching this challenge at many levels, from molecules to mind, from basic work on animal models to behavioral and imaging studies of human patients.

Current funding priorities include:

Neurodegenerative Disorders

Many brain disorders become more common with advancing age, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke. At the McGovern Institute, we are working to understand the basic brain mechanisms that are affected by these diseases and we are exploring how the brain responds to therapeutic interventions. Learn more>>

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Psychiatric Disease

Mental disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders, represent some of the most serious and intractable of all diseases. At the McGovern Institute, we are tackling this problem at multiple levels: from imaging of clinical patients at the Martinos Imaging Center to the development of new animal models to study the fundamental brain mechanisms that are disrupted by these disorders. Learn more>>

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Developmental Disorders

Developmental disorders are an important target for research at the McGovern Institute. Our goals include identifying children at risk as early as possible as well as different subsets of individuals for which different treatments may be effective. Gaining a deeper understanding of the neural basis of these disorders may allow the design of new and more effective therapies. Learn more>>

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Vision Loss and Other Sensory Deficits

Researchers at the McGovern Institute are studying how the visual system works, how it develops and adapts to the visual world, and how it responds to deprivation or disease. Insights from this fundamental work will be central to the development of new therapeutic approaches for visual and other deficits. Learn more>>

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Research Fellowships

These fellowships provides stipend support for young scientists at the critical early stages of their research careers. This year, five graduate students were awarded McGovern fellowships. Read our announcement about the 2013-2014 research fellowships here or watch a video profile of Leah Acker, one of this year's McGovern Friends Fellows below:

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    Kara Flyg
    Director of Development
    phone: 617-324-0134