NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The National Institute of Mental Health plans to fund new research that will explore molecular and cellular alterations that are associated with complex brain disorders, and how they impact neuronal function.

NIMH said yesterday in a funding announcement it wants to spur more knowledge about how these alterations are involved in "some of the biggest challenges facing neuroscience" — disorders such as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar and anxiety disorders, and autism.

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