www.dukenews.duke.edu/news/php?f=68gH979yij=70g Vaccine for Mental Impairments Stirs Both Hope and Controversy Durham, North Carolina (CPI). Poor grades could become a thing of the past. At least that is the hope of researchers at Duke University Medical School. Scientists are currently developing a vaccine to guard against various mental impairments such as anxiety, depression, and even Alzheimers. Lead researcher Dr. Elizabeth Schur Bright explained in a recent symposium that one consequence of minimizing such disorders is improved all-around cognitive functioning. This means, suggested Bright, that children who are protected from mental impairment might also see a marked improvement in other areas of the brain. Improved brain function could lead to academically smarter children, she said. Not everyone, however, supports the vaccine research. Principal Sister Maria Catalina Dentz of nearby Assumption Catholic School in Raleigh worries about the consequences of such research. She suggests that advancing the research too quickly might wreak havoc in a classroom of children with various degrees of academic achievement. We certainly want smart children, said Dentz, but we also dont know the long term effects of things like classroom management for vey highly intelligent individuals placed in one group. Another critic dubious of the research is farmer and part-time biologist Pastor Tim Foyle. Foyle, who was diagnosed with paranoid-schizophrenia and also raises a son with several phobias, started a group that maintains the vaccine could stigmatize those who cant be helped. The group, Dont Underestimate Mental Barriers is currently lobbying congress to stop the research. Meanwhile, Dr. Bright at Duke shrugs off such criticisms. There will always be people who are anxious about progress, but we remain optimistic, she said. If you can imagine, she exclaims, that we have the potential of raising an entire generation of children who might be the smartest in recorded history.