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LIBR Investigator Kyle Simmons Ph.D., receives a five - year K01 grant from National Institute of Mental Health

Feb 16, 2012 in Grants

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is the leading cause of years lived with disability worldwide, and yet relatively little is known about its underlying biological causes.  Dr. Simmons has received a 5-year grant from the NIMH to study the neural systems underlying depression and, in particular, changes in appetite and feeding behavior that characterize MDD.  It is important to understand these aberrant feeding behaviors in depression as they may both engender risk for serious physical illnesses such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, and type-2 diabetes, and may also clarify the different biological bases of MDD.