June 09, 2005

New Mexico Brain Research Initiative

New Mexico Expands Focus On Research into Brain Disorders

"The University of New Mexico unveiled a new $10 million expansion Thursday dedicated to the study of mental illness and the brain." This expansion "will be named Pete and Nancy Domenici Hall," and, it "should make UNM a world leader in the field of neuroscience and the study of mental illness."

The 52,000-square-foot structure will house a variety of imaging machines to allow researchers to peer into the inner workings of the brain.

"Our goal here is to wage war on diseases of the brain," said Dr. Nancy Andreasen, director of the MIND Institute, which occupies most of the building. "Our goal ultimately is to win."

The MIND Institute, a consortium of UNM, Harvard University and the University of Minnesota, is funded by a $10 million yearly Department of Energy appropriation secured by Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M.

The expansion was funded largely by the DOE, with additional funding from the National Institutes of Health and UNM.

The combination of imaging machines housed at Domenici Hall is unique in the world, said Yoshio Okada, director of the UNM Biomedical and Integrative NeuroImaging Center, also housed there.

Researchers hope to develop new techniques for diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and stroke.

Source: Albuquerque Journal.

More Information:
University of New Mexico

The Mind Institute


Mental disease ranks second only to cardiovascular disorders. The costs for treating mental diseases are higher than those of other chronic diseases. In New York State, more than 600,000 adults and children are diagnosed yearly with serious mental illness. At present are unknown the precise causes of schizophrenia. In medicine is cheaper to prevent a disease than to treat it. Research is essential to reducing the burden of mental illness by improving access to effective care and achieving urgently needed knowledge about the brain, mind, and behavior. All researches that are done in the mental disorders are welcomed.

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