Bengaluru: Nimhans and NCBS to get Rs 100 crore for mental health research | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies on Thursday announced a grant of Rs 100 crore to National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences and National Centre for Biological Sciences to set up Centre for Brain and Mind .
“The Centre will further cutting-edge research to understand the causes, correlates and course of five major illnesses – schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, dementia and addiction, and explore potential interventions and treatments,” a statement read.
Under the MoU, the foundation will support activities of CBM for five years from April 2023. Over five years, CBM will pursue two tracks – long-term research and building capacity for both research and practice in the mental health field.
“Approximately 193 million people in India suffer from various forms of mental illness, and there is a need to find better ways of diagnosis and clinical management for many of them. This multidisciplinary, inter-institutional partnership between Nimhans and NCBS with Institute for Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine (InStem) will contribute to the broader field of mental health,” it added.
Rohini Nilekani, chairperson of the foundation, said mental health was an area that demanded more attention and support, and that the recent pandemic brought out this need even more starkly.
“I hope the collaboration will provide globally relevant insights, evidence and pathways for better treatment for millions of people in India and the world. CBM hopes to build an ecosystem for the larger community of mental health practitioners. Its research on five critical disorders, which will be pathbreaking, will be open-sourced to allow more innovation in academics and practice,” she added.
Since 2016, Nimhans, along with NCBS and InStem, has been collaborating on a project (then supported by department of biotechnology and Pratiksha Trust), to build a research platform . The platform is ready to drive discovery in this area and will be housed at CBM, which will be co-located at NCBS and Nimhans.
Nimhans director Dr Pratima Murthy said: “Nimhans has been collaborating with NCBS and inStem to study a large number of families of patients with severe mental illnesses and generate a longitudinal cohort.”

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