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NARSAD presents 2007 prizes for outstanding achievement in neuroscience and psychiatric research
Date:10/16/2007

gulate depressed mood and proceeded to stimulate this region electrically using deep brain stimulation. A number of the most treatment-resistant patients who received this treatment have shown remarkable antidepressant responses, and this work has opened a whole new approach to treatment of severely ill patients."

  • Ruane Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Research: James F. Leckman, M.D., is the Neison Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Psychology and Pediatrics at Yale University, where he also serves as the director of research for the Yale Child Study Center. Dr. Leckman is widely recognized as a master clinician in the evaluation and treatment of Tourettes syndrome and early-onset obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

    Judith L. Rapoport, M.D., chair of the Ruane Prize Selection Committee, commented: "Dr. Leckman is a very well known child psychiatrist and patient-oriented clinical investigator. His work has focused on autism, Tourettes syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder. His main interest is in the interaction between genes and environment in Tourettes and OCD. He has also organized one of the premier clinical and research training programs in child psychiatry, which will guarantee excellent clinical research for our next generation."

  • Goldman-Rakic Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Cognitive Neuroscience: Huda Akil, Ph.D., is Gardner Quarton Distinguished University Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry and co-director of the Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute at the University of Michigan. Dr. Akil has made seminal contributions to the understanding of the neurobiology of emotions, including pain, anxiety, depression and substance abuse. Early on, she and her colleagues provided the first physiological evidence for a role of endorphins in the brain and showed that endorphins are activated by stress and inhibit pain. In i
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Contact: Kristen Simone
ksimone@narsad.org
516-829-0091
NARSAD, The Mental Health Research Association
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