The Yale School of Medicine announced the creation of the Yale Center for Brain and Mind Health (CBMH) to promote interdisciplinary clinical and translational research on conditions that affect the mind and brain. The center will foster transformative work that bridges existing departments, levels of analysis and disciplinary boundaries, and will focus on areas of clinical and translational neuroscience that are broader than any disease.
The CMBH vision emanates from a clinical translational neuroscience retreat held in November 2021 that was attended by more than 150 professors and other leaders from across Yale New Haven University and the Yale New Haven Health System. The center will be led by a group of clinical and translational neuroscientists from several relevant departments. The initial directors will be Eyiyemisi Damisah, MD, assistant professor of neurosurgery and neuroscience; James McPartland, PhD, Harris Professor at the Yale Child Study Center; Christopher Pittenger, MD, PhD, Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Psychiatry; Kevin Sheth, MD, professor of neurology and neurosurgery; and Serena Spudich, MD, Gilbert H. Glaser Professor of Neurology.
CBMH will bring together existing expertise within Yale and the hospital community and recruit new faculty in areas of research that build on Yale’s strengths. In addition, it will provide grants and educational initiatives. Internal CBMH pilot grants will support synergies between clinical and translational neuroscience researchers, thereby enhancing collaboration and interdisciplinary science. This grant program will emphasize new collaborations involving multiple principal investigators, interdisciplinary work, and a focus on investigations intended to have a direct impact on patients.
The focus areas will align with the university’s existing strengths, including those of the School of Public Health, the expanding School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the School of Nursing, from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the medical school’s own center. which promotes and performs high-level clinical and translational research, the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation.
The CMBH will also seek to enhance research collaboration between the School of Medicine and allied partner health care systems, including Yale New Haven Health System, VA Connecticut Health System, and Center for Mental Health. from Connecticut. The strength of these organizations will provide a synergistic opportunity to improve patient care.