The Mind First Foundation was founded by Harvard Medical School-affiliated scientists, innovators and leaders in genetics, personal genomics, and mental health epidemiology. Mind First works closely with the Personal Genome Project at HMS, focusing on mental health in the PGP. The Mind First founders group includes HMS Professor of Genetics and founder of the Personal Genome Project Dr. George Church, Personal Genome Project director Dr. Preston Estep, project coordinator Alex Hoekstra and HMS Professor and World Health Organization World Mental Health Survey Co-Director Dr. Ron Kessler.
Mental illness and dysfunction are the most common and the most costly of all unsolved medical problems, and are at the core of many of society’s most pervasive and serious problems, including poverty, homelessness, crime and incarceration. The founders of the Mind First Foundation have pioneered a unique and revolutionary research model with greater power and greater promise to discover the underlying causes of mental disease, and ultimately to develop more successful treatments. Our mission is to raise and focus funding for research enabling the development of targeted and effective treatments for mental disorders.