PNM Foundation Donates to Neuroscience Research



October 3, 2008

Contact: Luke Frank, 505/272-3679

Gift Benefits Albuquerque-Based Organization; Honors Senator Pete Domenici

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - The Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) Foundation has donated $10,000 to the Mind Research Network’s (MRN) Mind Discovery Fund. The contribution will be used by early career researchers at MRN to study an array of brain disorders including schizophrenia, traumatic brain injury, addiction and epilepsy.

The Mind Discovery Fund was established earlier this year to generate matching funds for junior researchers and to honor New Mexico Senator Pete Domenici and his creation of the Mind Research Network 10 years ago.

Domenici arguably has been Congress’ leader on issues relating to mental illness, such as mental health parity, increased funding for cutting-edge mental health research, and increasing funding the incarcerated or homeless suffering from a mental illness. His high-profile work has brought mental illness to the forefront of national public-policy dialogue, which now is successfully addressing some of the stigma surrounding mental health.

"We are pleased that the PNM Foundation supports critical brain research taking place at MRN," states Dr. John Rasure, MRN CEO and president. "They join a growing list of corporations, foundations and citizens that recognize the need to find answers to some of society’s most devastating illnesses. We hope others will follow the lead of the PNM Foundation and make a contribution of any amount to this lasting memorial to Senator Domenici. The Mind Discovery Fund will help ensure the Senator’s legacy and his vision to advance neuroimaging to the point where it can be used to objectively predict the course of brain-based disorders and treatment outcomes."

The Mind Research Network is dedicated to the discovery and advancement of clinical solutions for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of mental illness and brain disorders. Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Albuquerque, MRN consists of in-house scientists, as well as an interdisciplinary association of research partners located at universities, national laboratories and research centers around the country. For more information on the Mind Research Network, please call 505/272-5028 or

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