NewsLocal News

Actions

Florida to collaborate with Israel to tackle child social anxiety disorder

Posted: 2:12 PM, May 28, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-28 14:12:58-04

TEL AVIV, Israel (WTXL) — Governor Ron DeSantis has announced a new research collaboration between Florida International University (FIU) and Tel Aviv University (TAU) aimed at testing anxiety disorders in children.

“A major goal of this business development mission is to bring academic institutions together to find innovative solutions to issues facing both Florida and Israel,” said Governor DeSantis. “I am proud to announce this collaboration between Florida International University and Tel Aviv University to address child anxiety. This partnership will hopefully lead to the development of additional treatment options for our children.”

According to the governor's press office, FIU was awarded a $5.2 million research grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to test a novel treatment for child social anxiety disorder. A portion of this amount will be awarded to Yale University.

The study is expected to provide a new, effective treatment for children with the disorder.