Johns Hopkins and Salk co-lead $15m initiative to unravel bipolar disorder, schizophrenia

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies will co-lead a $15.4 million effort to develop new systems for quickly screening libraries of drugs for potential effectiveness against schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has announced. The consortium, which includes four academic or nonprofit institutions and two industry partners, will be led by Hongjun Song, Ph.D., of Johns Hopkins and Rusty Gage, Ph.D., of Salk.

With the recent advance of induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology, researchers are able to use donated cells, such as skin cells, from a patient and convert them into any other cell type, such as neurons. Generating human neurons in a dish that are genetically similar to patients offers researchers a potent tool for studying these diseases and developing much-needed new therapies.

A major aim of this collaboration is to improve the quality of iPSC technology, which has been limited in the past by a lack of standards in the field and inconsistent practices among different laboratories. “There has been a bottleneck in stem cell research,” says Song, a professor of neurology and neuroscience at Johns Hopkins. “Every lab uses different protocols and cells from different patients, so it’s really hard to compare results. This collaboration gathers the resources needed to create robust, reproducible tests that can be used to develop new drugs for mental health disorders.”

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Well, this is exciting

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is it for current medication or for future coming medication…though money investment is so less…
petty investment yields petty result …although i am hopeful…!!!

They have a clear target for research. It involves using stem cells from 50 patients. I hope the money will be enough.

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let’s see…!!!whats been cookin…!!!

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