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The American Psychiatric Association's Awards for Young Scientists Encourage Research Expertise in China
Date:5/6/2008

WASHINGTON, DC, May 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

- International Reach of 'Young Minds in Psychiatry' Awards is Boosted With AstraZeneca Support

For the first time, a researcher from China has received one of the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) prestigious "Young Minds in Psychiatry" awards, which were presented today at the APA's 161st Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. The awards, supported by an educational grant from AstraZeneca (NYSE:AZN), are helping to address the substantial shortage of psychiatric researchers worldwide. By providing career development awards, talented physicians get the chance to pursue a career in research. Beginning this year, the number of unrestricted career development awards has been increased from six to seven, with five awarded to international candidates - this recognizes the unique challenges facing researchers outside North America and Europe.

Dr. Ma Yantao from Peking University in Beijing, the first Chinese award winner, was selected for her proposal on treating Chinese adults for bipolar spectrum disorders - she commented:

"I am delighted to have been awarded this great honour, which confirms international recognition of research excellence in China. Mental health is a priority worldwide, and good healthcare is only possible with the encouragement of careers in psychiatry and related research. As we prepare to welcome many people to Beijing for the Olympics, today I appreciate my welcome in Washington and this partnership of east and west in psychiatry."

Darrel A. Regier, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the Division of Research at the American Psychiatric Association, and Executive Director of the American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education (APIRE) sa
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