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U.Va. Researcher Receives Grant To Study Brain Disorder

March 23, 2001-- Ronald Gaykema, a researcher in psychology at the University of Virginia, has received a $60,000 Young Investigator grant from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression to study anxiety disorders.

Gaykema will study a possible link between bacterial infection and anxiety disorders. Infectious bacterial agents have been shown to cause anxiety-like symptoms in mice. He will investigate the effect of a common food-borne bacterium on neural and brain components that may be activated and cause anxiety symptoms in response to the infection.

The alliance provides important early career support for scientists with its Young Investigator awards and continuing support for distinguished and independent investigators.

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