Broad in the news: Ted Stanley’s extraordinary commitment to psychiatric research

Paul Goldsmith, July 25th, 2014
  • The Stanley commitment was announced in a live broadcast event
    on July 22. Photo by David Fox

On Tuesday, July 22, the Broad Institute announced an unprecedented commitment of $650 million from philanthropist Ted Stanley to support psychiatric research. Stanley’s gift – the largest ever in psychiatric research and among the largest for scientific research in general – generated a great deal of coverage in the media.

In addition, the announcement of Stanley’s commitment coincided with the publication of a paper in which Broad researchers and a team of international collaborators revealed the discovery of more than 100 regions of the human genome associated with the risk of developing schizophrenia. These findings may point the way to biological mechanisms and pathways, and could eventually lead to new therapeutic approaches.

You can find out more about Ted Stanley, his commitment, and the breakthrough findings announced this week on the Broad Institute’s BroadLive landing page and the following outlets.

Broadcast coverage:

From CNN: Identifying the genetic roots of schizophrenia

From NBC News: Schizophrenia study, plus a little cash, jump-start psychiatric research

From NPR: Son's mental illness prompts billionaire's big donation to psychiatric research

From PBS Newshour: Pinpointing genetic links to schizophrenia may open doors to better treatment

Print coverage:

From the AP: Genetic mapping triggers new hope on schizophrenia

From the Boston Globe: Broad Institute receives $650 million mental research gift

From Business Insider: We are now at a major turning point in understanding mental illness

From The Economist: Some needles in the haystack

From Fierce Biotech: With a $650M gift and a trove of genomic data, Broad sets out to innovate in schizophrenia

From Forbes: How a giant act of philanthropy may kickstart psychiatry

From Inside Philanthropy: Four things to know about that mammoth mental health gift

From LA Times: New funds jump-start mental illness research

From LA Times: Immunity, signaling genes may be linked to schizophrenia

From Nature News: Gene-hunt gain for mental health

From New York Times: Spark for a stagnant search

Newsweek: Breakthrough discoveries and a $650 million gift usher in a new age for psychiatric research

From Science: Broad Institute receives $650 million for psychiatric research

From The Scientist: More schizophrenia-related variants

From TIME: Schizophrenia linked to 108 genes

From USA Today: Schizophrenia has clear genetic ties, new study finds

Wall Street Journal: Private money pays off for medicine