Welch Center Core Faculty member Gail Daumit, MD, MHS, has been granted a NARSAD Independent Investigator Award for her work on the physical wellbeing of persons with serious mental illness. NARSAD, which stands for National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, describes itself as “The World’s Leading Charity Dedicated to Mental Health Research.” The award is for $50,000 per year for two years.
Focusing on the prevalence of early heart disease in persons with serious mental illness, Dr. Daumit will adapt and conduct a pilot study using interactive mobile telephone technology to promote weight loss in this group. She looks to a mobile telephone-based delivery system as an economical alternative or supplement to intensive individual work with an interventionist. Welch Center Core Faculty member Joseph Finkelstein, MD, PhD, MA, who is a specialist in health sciences informatics, will collaborate on this highly innovative project.
Dr. Daumit finds herself among a select company of NARSAD grantees for 2010 that includes investigators at such institutions as Harvard, Cornell, UCLA, and the Universities of Paris, London, and Haifa.
Congratulations, Dr. Daumit, on this important award!