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NIMH Leaders, Grantees Honored

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National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Director Thomas R. Insel, M.D., was among 65 newly elected members of the National Academy of Science's Institute of Medicine (IOM), announced this week. Also, NIMH Division of Neuroscience and Basic Behavioral Science director Stephen L. Foote was among 348 elected as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), announced today.

IOM members are elected in recognition of major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health. Election is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of medicine and health. Fellowship in the AAAS is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

A number of NIMH grantees were also among those honored by the two prestigious science organizations. For example, NIMH grantees newly elected to the IOM are:

  • Arthur Reingold, M.D., University of California, Berkeley
  • Alan F. Schatzberg, M.D., Stanford University
  • Shelley E. Taylor, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • Helena C. Kraemer, Ph.D., Stanford University

IOM also awarded the 2003 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize to NIMH grantee Aaron T. Beck, M.D., University of Pennsylvania, in recognition of the international scope and significance of his contributions to psychiatry and mental health, particularly his development of cognitive therapy.

Also announced this week, NIMH grantee Michael D. Ehlers, M.D., Ph.D., Duke University Medical Center, will receive the Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology for 2003. This annual international honor, awarded by the AAAS journal Science and Eppendorf AG, a German molecular biology development and manufacturing firm, provides $25,000 for outstanding neurobiological research performed during the past three years. The award will be made at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in November. Also, Science will publish Ehlers' essay describing his work in an upcoming issue.

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About the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): The mission of the NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery and cure. For more information, visit the NIMH website.

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation's medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit the NIH website .