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Director’s Update: NAMI Awards Coveted Prize to NIMH’s Dr. Judith Rapoport

Judith L. Rapoport, M.D., chief of the NIMH Child Psychiatry Branch , is this year’s recipient of the Mind of America Scientific Research Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Each year, the $50,000 prize is given to an outstanding researcher who has contributed to the study of serious mental illness. NAMI president Anand Pandya, M.D., presented it to Rapoport during a ceremony at the association’s annual gala on October 15, 2008 in Washington, D.C. She was cited for her outstanding lifetime contribution to the study of mental illness in children and adolescents. In accepting the award, Rapoport praised the NIMH Intramural Research Program, where she has worked for decades, as a unique place for discovery. It’s one of the few research centers in the world where scientists are able to collaborate across disciplines to conduct long-term studies, she said.