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NARSAD announces 2008 Prizes for Outstanding Achievement in Research on Mental Health Disorders
Date:10/15/2008

has also studied their mechanisms using novel brain imaging techniques and is now applying these technologies to the study of deep brain stimulation for relief of depression as well."

Eric A. Taylor, M.D., recipient of the Ruane Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Research, heads the child and adolescent psychiatry department of the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, where he also chairs an interdisciplinary research group on the childhood problems that lead to poor adult mental health. His interest in childhood hyperkinesis, psychopharmacology and neuropsychiatric conditions has led Dr. Taylor to participate in collaborations involving neuroimaging, experimental psychological studies and molecular genetics. His goal has been to track the development of impulsiveness and inattention in children so as to intervene effectively. His research has resulted in identifying a subtype of ADHD that has led to improved diagnostic criteria, and has validated the distinction of hyperactivity from conduct disorder. His longitudinal epidemiological studies have provided the basis for European treatment guidelines.

Judith Rapoport, M.D., chief of the Child Psychiatry Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health, who chairs NARSAD's Ruane Prize Selection Committee, remarked: "Eric Taylor is a leader in child psychiatry research, training and clinical services in Britain. His research focuses on the epidemiology, genetics and brain imaging of children with conduct disorder and ADHD. Currently, he is leading long-term studies of community-based (and therefore more representative) populations. He has trained many if not most of the most prominent academic child psychiatrists in the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Hong Kong."

The Goldman-Rakic Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Cognitive Neuroscience will be awarded to Eric J. Nestler, M.D., Ph.D., the recently appointed Nash Family Professor of Neur
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Contact: Kristen Simone
ksimone@narsad.org
516-829-0091
NARSAD, The Mental Health Research Association
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