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

id: "Young Minds in Psychiatry is the APA's only truly international awards program. We believe that the APA can be an important influence in supporting talented psychiatric researchers both in the United States and throughout the world. Our winners this year, coming from such diverse countries as China, Korea, South Africa, Germany, France and the United States, will receive funding to help them get their careers underway and hopefully encourage them to remain in the field for the long term."

All seven 'Young Minds in Psychiatry' awards were made to researchers selected for the importance and value of their research proposal in bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, both of which are severe mental illnesses. Approximately one in 100 people develop schizophrenia during their lifetime, and the prevalence is similar in men and women throughout the world. Bipolar disorder has a lifetime prevalence of between 3 and 5% worldwide. People with bipolar disorder experience episodes of mania and depression alongside periods of normal mood, with symptoms ranging from trouble concentrating and sleep disturbance to high-risk behavior and thoughts of suicide.

"AstraZeneca is proud to be associated with the 'Young Minds in Psychiatry' awards, and we were very pleased to support greater international reach of the Young Minds awards this year," said Dr Hans Eriksson, Medical Science Director, AstraZeneca. "The more researchers we can encourage to get involved in psychiatric research, the more likely it is that we will see a breakthrough in treating these devastating conditions. We join the APA in congratulating the winners - wishing them good luck in their research, and success in their pursuit of new ways to help patients."

Dr Ma Yantao added: "I thank my hospital, the Institute of Mental Health, my mentor Professor Yu Xin for his support and instruction, and my mentors and partners at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr Maurizio Fava, Dr. Jonathan Alpert and Dr. Al
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