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NARSAD - the World's Leading Mental Health Research Charity - Presents 2007 Prizes for Outstanding Psychiatric Research at New York Gala, October 19th

Prize winners have significantly contributed to the knowledge and treatment

of schizophrenia, depression, anxiety and childhood mental disorders

NEW YORK, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Five of the most prestigious awards in psychiatric research will be presented to scientists of great achievement by NARSAD, the world's leading charity dedicated to mental health research, at an awards dinner here this Friday at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

Because of NARSAD's distinctive history of contributing to the support and public understanding of neuropsychiatric research, the organization is able each year to recognize those scientists whose career achievements are especially noteworthy. The selections are made by NARSAD's distinguished 103- member Scientific Council, a volunteer body of leading experts in neuroscience and psychiatric research.

This year's prize recipients have made exceptional contributions to the understanding and treatment of schizophrenia, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and other anxiety disorders, Tourette's syndrome, and cognitive dysfunctions that underlie many mental illnesses.

The prizes and their recipients are:

* Lieber Prize for Schizophrenia Research: Eve C. Johnstone, M.D.,

University of Edinburgh, has devoted 30 years to conducting brain-

imaging and other anatomical studies of schizophrenia that have

provided a substantial body of evidence on the abnormalities of brain

structure in people with the disease and on the mechanism of

antipsychotic treatments. She initiated the most replicated finding in

the literature on psychosis -- enlargement of the lateral ventricles in

the brain.

* Falcone Prize for Mood Disorders Research: Helen S. Mayberg, M.D.,

Emory University, has led brain-imaging studies over the past 20 years

to examine neural mechanisms implicated in the onset of depression and

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