Last month, the Neural Stem Cell Institute welcomed visitors from the National Alliance on Mental Illness – NYS, Executive Director Donald Capone, President Thomas Easterly and Sally Easterly. Invited by researcher Richard Davis, PhD. and welcomed by NSCI co-founder Dr.Jeffrey Stern their visit started with a tour of our labs. Dr. Stern spoke of the significance of our independence as a translational research facility and the desire of NSCI to get our research to the bedside to aid people suffering from diseases of the central nervous system.
In their continued efforts to advocate for research our visitors came with questions. How could our research potentially impact the trajectory of mental illness? From the NAMI 2013 Legislative Action Agenda: “For those living with serious mental illness and for their families, research into finding the causes of these devastating brain disorders–and eventually figuring out how to prevent them–has always been a top priority of NAMI-NYS. As scientists work to develop a better understanding of the brain and how it works, it is also important to continue to support research that provides for better treatments and improved medications. Research is our hope for the future.” [Read more…]