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One Mind Announces 2018 Rising Star Awards

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One Mind has announced its 2018 Rising Star Awards, which are sponsored
by One Mind and Janssen Research & Development, LLC. These awards
identify and fund pivotal, innovative research on the causes of and
cures for brain disorders.

One Mind's Scientific Advisory Board has chosen Susanne Ahmari, M.D.,
Ph.D., to receive the 2018 One Mind / Janssen Rising Star Translational
Research Award in Honor of the Late Jeffrey S. Nye, M.D., Ph.D.; Paul
Jenkins, Ph.D., to receive the 2018 One Mind Rising Star Bipolar
Disorder Translational Research Award; and Erin Dunn, ScD, MPH to
receive the 2018 One Mind Peter Chiarelli Rising Star Collaborative
Research Award. In addition to her Rising Star Award, Dr. Ahmari has
also won the 2018 One Mind / Inscopix Technology Supplement Grant.

Dr. Ahmari is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of
Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD),
a chronic, severe mental illness that affects 2-3% of the population
worldwide. Dr. Ahmari aims to identify novel molecular targets that
cause the alterations in brain circuits and symptoms associated with
this disorder and will use the technology supplement grant, comprised of
Inscopix's state-of-the-art nVoke
miniature microscope system, to map patterns of neural activity related
to compulsive behaviors in mouse models of OCD.

Dr. Jenkins is Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Psychiatry at
University of Michigan. To identify and develop more effective
treatments for bipolar disorder, Dr. Jenkins will use rodent models and
patient-derived cell cultures to test his hypothesis that alterations in
a protein (anykyrin-G) play a key role in this disorder. Dr. Jenkins
will also investigate whether current treatments effectively target the
anykyrin-G protein.

Erin Dunn is a social and psychiatric epidemiologist and Assistant
Professor of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard
Medical School. Dr. Dunn will analyze extensive data from the Pregnancy
and Childhood Epigenetics consortium, and other cohorts, to understand
why childhood stress is a major risk factor for depression in
adolescents and young adults. She hypothesizes that the effects of
stress are time-sensitive and focuses her initial analysis on
alterations in DNA methylation and gene expression in early childhood (0
– 5 years).

The One Mind Rising Star Awards support emerging leaders in the field of
neuropsychiatry, fulfill innovative research needs not yet supported by
the federal government, and encourage collaboration and data sharing
through the One Mind Portal.

"This year's three Rising Stars are pioneers in their fields, and I am
proud that One Mind can support their work over the next three years,"
states One Mind President, Brandon Staglin. "We at One Mind extend our
profound thanks to our donors and especially to Janssen Research &
Development for enabling us to offer these awards."

The 2018 Rising Star Award winners were selected with the assistance and
recommendations of the One Mind Scientific Advisory Board, which
includes nine of the leading brain scientists in the world, noted for
their pioneering research in their respective fields. Each Rising Star
recipient will receive $250,000 over a three year-period to fund
research for their studies and will be invited to present about their
research at the 24th Music Festival for Brain Health, to take
place in Rutherford, California on Saturday, September 15, 2018.

Learn more at www.onemind.org.

300 DPI digital images available upon request

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