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NIMH Director Thomas R. Insel Received AMA’s Top Government Service Award

Science Update

NIMH Director Tom Insel

On February 12, 2013, the American Medical Association (AMA) honored Thomas R. Insel, M.D., director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), with the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service, the AMA’s highest award for government service in health care.

Named after the AMA’s founder, the award annually recognizes seven elected and career officials in federal, state and municipal service whose outstanding work has “contributed to the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.“

“Dr. Insel’s work in the field of mental and behavioral health has provided valuable insight into the autism spectrum and obsessive compulsive disorders,” said AMA Board Chairperson Steven J. Stack, M.D. “He inspires and leads other to push the boundaries of research so we can find treatments that allow patients to lead fuller and healthier lives.”