Aetna Sponsors the 2012 NAMI Scientific Research Award in Support of Mental Health

  Aetna Sponsors the 2012 NAMI Scientific Research Award in Support of Mental

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- November 12, 2012

Today, Aetna (NYSE: AET) announces its sponsorship of the 2012 National
Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Scientific Research Award. This award
recognizes individuals who made significant contributions to the understanding
of mental illness, and the advancement of treatment for those who live with
such illnesses.

“Our involvement supports our six year relationship with NAMI, along with
Aetna’s long history and commitment to helping members improve their mental
health and well-being,” said Mark Friedlander, M.D., M.B.A., chief medical
officer of Aetna Behavioral Health, and child and adolescent psychiatrist.
“This research award is closely aligned with our focus of evidence-based care,
as well as our commitment to improve clinical programs that help people live
healthier lives. We are pleased to continue our support for NAMI and their
efforts around recognizing those dedicated to research and treatment.”

This year’s research award recipient is Nancy Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D., the
Andrew H. Woods Chair of Psychiatry, and director of Psychiatry Iowa
Neuroimaging Consortium at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.
Dr. Andreasen is being recognized for her efforts around using magnetic
resonance imaging (MRI) to identify the brain functions of those living with
mental illness. Her well-known research provides insight into how the brain
impacts the language, emotion and creative process. She is also among the
first to suggest that schizophrenia is linked to abnormal brain development.

On Thursday, November 15, 2012, Dr. Nancy Andreasen will be presented with the
2012 NAMI Scientific Research Award during an award ceremony held in
Washington, D.C. This ceremony also will recognize members of Congress whose
advocacy and leadership have had a major impact on the lives of people with
mental illness. Proceeds from the reception will benefit future and existing
NAMI programs.

“We continue to work on grant funded research that reflects our commitment to
improve the efficiency of clinical programs and tools for members utilizing
mental health benefits. This research helps us impact health outcomes for
members while demonstrating the value of our products,” said Friedlander.

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