MRN Trustees Name New Board Co-Chairs


December 9, 2008

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - The Board of Trustees for the Mind Research Network (MRN) has elected Barry Baumel, M.D. and Laurie Flynn as co-chairs. Baumel, a neurologist, is cofounder of the Baumel-Eisner Neuromedical Institute in South Florida; and Flynn is director of the Carmel Hill Center for Early Diagnosis and Treatment, Columbia University, and executive director of the TeenScreen Program.

The Baumel-Eisner Neuromedical Institute served as a private clinical drug trial facility for over two decades. The Institute specialized in testing new treatments for Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, major depressive disorders, panic disorder and other neurological and psychiatric conditions. Baumel was instrumental in its inception and development as a leading mental and behavioral health research site. Baumel joined the MRN Board in 2003 and served as chair of the Finance Committee from 2006 - 2008.

"The MRN applies the most sophisticated tools available to study and understand brain function in ways that were previously not possible," offers Dr. Baumel. "Our areas of interest are conditions that affect all of society. These include the study of the biologic reasons for mental illness and addiction, as well as the biology of criminal behavior. Our other research interest studies the application of neuroscience for national security and defense. I am proud to be able to help grow this important research organization into a position of national recognition."

As executive director, Flynn oversees national implementation of the TeenScreen Program. This research based initiative aims to offer voluntary mental health checkups to every American adolescent. The goal is to detect early signs of risk for mental disorders and suicide. TeenScreen is based in the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry and is active in more than 525 sites in 43 states. TeenScreen operates in middle and high schools, community youth centers, clinics and physicians offices, residential centers and hospitals.Prior to joining Columbia in 2001, Flynn served 16 years as national executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is the nations largest grassroots advocacy organization in mental health. Ms Flynn has family experience with serious mental illness and has been deeply involved in mental health policy for 25 years.

"As a family member and advocate for people who struggle with serious mental illnesses, I believe in the power of science. I am excited about the wonderful research underway at MRN. Our talented scientists are working to bring new knowledge and new treatments to millions of individuals like my daughter. It's a privilege to be a part of the MRN leadership on our journey of hope and discovery."

"MRN has been very successful over the last few years in winning competitive grants from the National Institutes of Health and other organizations," remarks MRN CEO John Rasure. "With over $30 million in new grants, three times growth in personnel and ambitious long-term goals, private fund raising has become critical for the organization. Dr. Baumel and Ms. Flynn have demonstrated their ability to build and grow national organizations and are committed to do the same for MRN. I look forward to working with them as we further MRN’s mission."

Contact: Luke Frank, 272-3322

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