Steven Hyman, MD
The Broad Institute
Currently I am focused on ways of exploiting the emerging genetics of neuropsychiatric disorders to develop models that will ultimately facilitate the discovery of much needed new therapeutics. Previously my lab had studied intracellular signaling and regulation of gene expression within brain dopamine systems.
From 1996 to 2001, I served as Director of the US National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the component of the NIH charged with generating the knowledge needed to understand and treat mental illness. At NIMH I emphasized investment in basic neuroscience and in the tools needed to analyze genetically complex disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. As Provost of Harvard University, I served as Harvard’s chief academic officer, but had a special focus on the development of collaborative scientific initiatives that span multiple disciplines, that crossed the boundaries of Harvard’s schools and affiliated hospitals, and that extended to neighboring universities.