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Transforming the understanding
and treatment of mental illnesses.

BSC Member - Nelson B. Freimer, M.D.

Nelson B. Freimer, M.D. is the Maggie G. Gilbert Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Human Genetics at UCLA. He is the Founding Director of UCLA’s Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics and also leads three associated UCLA entities (The Informatics Center for Neurogenetics and Neurogenomics, The UCLA Neuroscience Genomics Core, and the NINDS-funded Postdoctoral Training Program in Neurobehavioral Genetics). Dr. Freimer’s research focuses on the use of novel strategies for behavioral phenotyping and large-scale genomics methods to identify the genetic basis of complex traits, including such neurobehavioral disorders as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and depression. He also leads UCLA’s Depression Grand Challenge, a university-wide initiative that aims to transform our understanding and treatment of depression and thereby cut the burden that it represents to health and well-being in half by the year 2050.