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Local News in Brief : Irvine : UCI Awarded Grant for Schizophrenia Center

UC Irvine’s College of Medicine has received a $3.1-million, 5-year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to establish a research center for schizophrenia.

UCI is one of only four American universities designated by NIMH to receive a schizophrenia center grant.

The money will support 24 investigators conducting more than 40 research projects, said Dr. William Bunney, chairman of the UCI psychiatry department and a principal investigator.

Investigators at UCI’s Brain Imaging Center will use a brain-scanning device called a PETscan to compare brain function in schizophrenic and normal individuals. Other studies will examine how chemicals such as peptides and neurotransmitters affect mental activity.

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Bunney said researchers also will study how drugs such as phencyclidine (PCP) induce classic symptoms of schizophrenia.


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