Congratulations Dr Rachel Hill - recipient of One in Five research grant!

Congratulations to Dr Rachel Hill, Head of Behavioural Neuroscience Lab, Department of Psychiatry, who recently received a research grant from One in Five, following her lab's recent breakthrough findings on the identification of a new genetic mutation in schizophrenia.

While the award recognises the large body of work leading up to this finding, it also provides further support to move this exciting research forward to understand the functional consequences of this mutation. This grant will allow Dr Hill and her team to explore how a new genetic mutation identified in schizophrenia causes brain and behaviour dysfunction.

Speaking of the research, Dr Hill said, "We will make a genetically modified mouse that contains the gene mutation and study the effects of this mutation on brain cell development, connectivity and mouse behaviour. Using this model we may then identify new therapeutic targets to develop for people with schizophrenia who harbor this mutation".

"This project represents a new precision medicine approach that is highly successful in other medical fields but is new to the field of psychiatric research", she added.