Why is Research Important?

YAC Why is Research Important?

Research is key. Everything we know right now about how to diagnose and to treat mental health disorders came out of research studies that were completed over the past 20 years. Regrettably, not all patients affected by anxiety disorders benefit from our current treatments. For this reason we need more research to better understand the brain mechanisms that lead to these symptoms, and ultimately to identify new treatments that target these brain mechanisms. Our goal is to transform the next generation of treatments for anxiety disorders.

Unfortunately, what has been the main funding source for clinical research, federal funding, has sharply declined over the past 10 years. In fact, private funding is now helping to drive the kind of high risk, high reward research that may change lives and end the suffering that psychiatric illnesses brings to so many.

“Private funding is now helping to drive the kind of high-risk, high-reward research that may change lives and end the suffering that psychiatric illnesses brings to so many.”

Philanthropy is absolutely critical to launch innovative, creative, high-risk projects; promising findings can then be used to leverage subsequent federal funding.

Without the generosity of the Center’s donors, we would not be making progress both clinically and in the laboratory. Yet, so much more needs to be done.


Youth Anxiety Center research faculty Francis Lee, MD, PhD, and BJ Casey, PhD were featured in Science magazine stressing the importance of continued funding into adolescent mental health. You can read more here: Adolescent Mental Health - Opportunity and Obligation.