$9.2 Million Expansion Of Lieber Center For Schizophrenia Research, Launch Of New E. 60th Street Psychiatry Clinic

NEW YORK - Columbia University Medical Center announces today the expansion of its Lieber Center for Schizophrenia Research and the launch of a new comprehensive psychiatric care clinic at its East 60th Street location, all made possible through a $9.2 million gift from Stephen and Constance Lieber and the Essel Foundation.

This generous gift will enable physician-scientists at the Lieber Center at Columbia and the New York State Psychiatric Institute to continue to pursue research into the genetics of neurodevelopmental disorders such as schizophrenia and autism, and to use their discoveries in the development of new therapeutic agents. The center will focus the efforts of multidisciplinary faculty at Columbia including Nobel Prize winners Eric Kandel, M.D., and Richard Axel, M.D. It also will fund a Translational Therapeutics Professorship and serve as a foundational gift for further fundraising to expand the scope of the center’s research programs.

“To conduct the kind of research that will improve treatment options and quality of life, you need a coordinated effort that forges collaboration between world-class basic scientists and clinical researchers who are on the frontlines of patient care,” said Stephen Lieber, a prominent New York investment banker. “We see this at Columbia and we are looking forward to seeing novel treatments as a result.”

“This expansion of the Lieber Center will enable our research advances to be translated swiftly into clinical care for patients with mental illness,” said Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D., chair of the Department of Psychiatry at CUMC and NYSPI, and director of the Lieber Center, which he believes will be a model for the future of psychiatric centers. “This will be a true ‘jewel in the crown,’ with a world-class, strategically-focused research program, coupled with comprehensive, state-of-the-art clinical services.”

The center was established in 1999 as a modern scientific multidisciplinary schizophrenia research program. The Liebers’ funding helped establish the center’s infrastructure and helped leverage millions of additional National Institutes of Health support. Center investigators have successfully competed for grants from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD). For more information about research initiatives underway at the Lieber Center for Schizophrenia Research, visit www.columbiapsychiatry.org/research/clinics/lsrc.html.

New Lieber Psychiatric Care Clinic to Open on Manhattan’s East Side

The newly-launched Lieber Clinic for Comprehensive Care, operating out of Columbia’s East 60th Street location, will provide the newest methods of diagnostics and therapeutics in the context of comprehensive care for patients suffering from schizophrenia and their families. Care will include the latest in both medication and rehabilitation therapies.

“Disorders of brain development, such as schizophrenia, affect more than 4 million Americans and are among the most vexing and tragic,” said Lee Goldman, M.D., executive vice president for health and biomedical sciences and dean of the faculties of health sciences and medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. “Our goal is to make the Lieber Clinic the very best in the world and the prime destination for anyone who has serious mental illness. Thanks to the Liebers’ generosity, which will enable our talented scientists to bring new treatments to people afflicted with these devastating disorders, Columbia is well on the way to achieving this goal.”

For more information on the Lieber research and clinical programs, please call 212-543-5300.

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