Lindahl recipient of over $340,000 in medical grants

Lindahl recipient of over $340,000 in medical grants Dr. Josette Lindahl, a current resident in The University of South Dakota School of Medicine (USDSM) Psychiatry Residency program, has recently been named one of six National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Outstanding Psychiatry Residents in the U.S.

The NIMH is the largest branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). There are approximately 3,000 psychiatry residents in training in

U.S. medical schools.

Lindahl was awarded a three-year, $280,811 grant to study "Glutamate Receptor Subunit Function and Schizophrenia" (K08 award) from the NIH for Mentored Clinical Scientist Development.

She will do the research under the mentorship of USD's Basic Biomedical Sciences Professor Joyce Keifer.

A K08 award is a grant for junior faculty (physicians relatively junior in their careers), which is designed to release physicians from some of theirclinical responsibilities to conduct scientific research in their field of study.

The primary objective of the research is to contribute to a fundamental understanding of schizophrenia and its underlying physiological mechanisms with the ultimate goal of developing tailored medications that correct the defects in neurotransmission pathways which give rise to psychotic symptoms.

Lindahl wrote the grant with specific scientific experiments in mind to uncover some of the mysteries of the molecular biology and neurochemistry of the brain so that Lindahl can better understand what causes this disorder.

After the original three-year grant expires, Lindahl will be eligible for a traditional research project (R01) NIH grant that funds research faculty at a more substantial level for a longer period of time.

Both the outstanding resident and NIH grant awards are "firsts" in the state of South Dakota.

Lindahl is also the recipient of a $60,000 grant for "NMDA Receptors and Their Role in the Etiology of Schizophrenia" from Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls.

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