On January 5, 2021, the mental health research funder 1907* Research, Inc., announced the recipients of its first annual 1907 Trailblazer Awards. The two-year grants, valued at over $120,000 each, were awarded to three promising scientists to pursue groundbreaking mental health research proposals. The awards went to: Dr. Benjamin Bartelle (photo bottom), from Arizona State University, for his proposal "Accessing Neuroimmunity with a Domesticated Zika Virus." Dr. Bartelle's fellowship is generously sponsored by the Kissick Family Foundation; Dr. Laura Lewis (photo bottom), from Boston University, for her proposal "Linking Sleep, Cerebrospinal Fluid Flow, and Inflammation, in Depression;” and Dr. Katherine Scangos (photo bottom), from the University of California, San Francisco, for her proposal "Using Direct Cortical and Subcortical Neural Recordings to Uncover Principles of Network Dynamics Underlying Depression Symptom Severity in Major Depression." "The three early-career researchers we have chosen to support are truly exceptional in their ambition and innovation. Tackling psychiatric disease and mental illness through neuroscience needs new thinking, and this is exactly what our incoming Fellows are bringing," says Dr. Anil Seth, Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex (UK) and member of the 1907 Research Advisory Board which selected the inaugural 1907 Trailblazer Award Fellows.
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