The Awards Programme consists of two research categories schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and a winner from North America and the rest of the world will receive an unrestricted career development award of $45,000 in each category. The 2003 Young Minds in Psychiatry Awards were won by Dr Aysegul Yildiz, from Dokuz Eylul Medical School, Izmir, Turkey (bipolar disorder); Dr Cathryn Galanter from Columbia University, New York, USA (bipolar disorder); Dr Michael Breakspear from the University of Sydney, Australia (schizophrenia); and Dr Michael Compton from the Grady Memorial Hospital, USA (schizophrenia).
An independent panel of acclaimed psychiatry experts reviewed a total of 24 submissions from around the world. "Deciding on the winners was a difficult task considering the outstanding quality of the applications received," commented Professor Gary Sachs, Harvard Medical School, USA and a member of the independent judging panel. "Each year we are astounded with the diversity of research proposals received and are reassured to see the desire to achieve greater understanding of the psychiatry field."
Dr Yildiz will use her award to investigate neurochemical alterations in acute mania and the effects of the protein kinase C inhibiting drug, tamoxifen, on them. "Receiving this award will enable me to continue my collaborations with research institutions and allow me to attend key Neuroscience meetings," comments Dr Yildiz. "I hope to use my expertise in psychiatry to benefit the educatio
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