Floyd E. Bloom wins 2005 Sarnat Prize in Mental Health

ntil March 2005, Bloom served as chairman and professor of the department of neuropharmacology at Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif. He has been president of the Society for Neuroscience, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Bloom also has been elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society, and received numerous awards and honorary degrees. He has written more than 600 publications and co-authored multiple editions of textbooks on neuropsychopharmacology.

Bloom received his undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and went on to receive an M.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. After completing an internship with Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, his interest in pharmacology led him to seek further training at the National Institute of Mental Health's Clinical Neuropharmacological Research Center. It was there that Bloom began his studies of the fundamental mechanisms of the nervous system.

The Institute of Medicine has awarded the Sarnat Prize since 1992 to individuals, groups, or organizations that have demonstrated outstanding achievement in improving mental health. The prize recognizes without regard for professional discipline or nationality achievements in basic science, clinical application, and public policy that lead to progress in the understanding, etiology, prevention, treatment, or cure of mental disorders, or to the promotion of mental health. As defined by the nominating criteria, the field of mental health encompasses neuroscience, psychology, social work, public health, nursing, psychiatry, and advocacy.

The award is supported by an endowment created by Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat of Los Angeles. Rhoda Sarnat is a licensed clinical social worker, and Bernard Sarnat is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and rese

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