The Neuroscience Education Institute (NEI) has named Charles B. Nemeroff, MD, PhD, the recipient of its first Lifetime Achievement Award in Psychopharmacology. The award was given at a special ceremony on March 11 at the First Annual NEI Global Psychopharmacology Congress in San Diego.
"Dr. Nemeroff is probably the world's most prominent psychopharmacologist," said Stephen M. Stahl, MD, PhD, Founder and Chairman of the Neuroscience Education Institute. "He is the premier scientist in our field who could rightfully be called a translational neuroscientist- investigating issues that convert cutting edge basic science concepts into real world understanding of psychiatric disorders and their treatments."
During his career, Dr. Nemeroff has concentrated on the biological basis of major neuropsychiatric disorders, including affective disorders, Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders. He came to Emory University as the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in 1991. In 1999, the National Institute of Mental Health awarded him a $13 million grant which supported the establishment of the Emory Conte Center for the Neuroscience of Mental Disorders. The Center, led by Dr. Nemeroff, involves a large team of neuroscientists from Emory, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and Princeton who are studying the effects of early life adverse stress.
Dr. Nemeroff is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Neuropsychopharmacology and co-Editor of the American Psychiatric Association's Textbook of Psychopharmacology. He has served on the editorial boards of several leading scientific publications, including the American Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, and Synapse. He has published more than 750 research reports and reviews and has made several hundred scholarly presentations. In 2002, Dr. Nemeroff was elected into the Institute of Medicine.
His most recent publication will be released this Spring. Published by Houghton Mifflin, it is a book that he co-authored with Dennis S. Charney, MD, chief of the Mood and Anxiety Disorder Research Program at the National Institute of Mental Health, called The Peace of Mind Prescription. The book was designed as a resource for patients, their families and their physicians. It explains the physiology of depression and anxiety; details the many treatments available; and features anecdotal stories of patients who have overcome mood and anxiety disorders.
The Neuroscience Education Institute is internationally renowned for its unique educational approach to teaching complex concepts in the neurosciences. NEI offers innovative, multi-modal learning experiences encompassing an array of books, including a best-selling textbook, live programs, interactive CDs, web teleconferences and distance learning. The NEI web site can be found at www.neiglobal.com.