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The evening includes a presentation of the Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health and the Outstanding Achievement Prizewinners.
This international Prize recognizes a physician, scientist, public citizen or organization whose extraordinary contribution has made a profound impact on advancing the understanding of mental health and providing hope and healing for people who are living with mental illness. Established in 2014 and awarded annually, the Pardes Humanitarian Prize is named in honor of Dr. Herbert Pardes, the first recipient of the award.
The recipient of the Prize is chosen by a distinguished international Selection Committee from nominations solicited worldwide and receives an honorarium. The Pardes Humanitarian Prize focuses public attention on the burden of mental illness on individuals and society and the urgent need to expand and enhance mental health services in the United States and globally.
This year’s awards ceremony will honor Judge Steven Leifman. A resolute advocate for the mentally ill, he is at the forefront of a public policy movement in the criminal justice system to reduce the number of people with mental illness in prison, and to develop alternative approaches that offer treatment and support for recovery.
The ceremony will also include a special tribute to Robert and the late Suzanne Wright who have been world leaders in autism advocacy creating a rallying cry for research, care, education, treatment as well as national and global awareness.
Selected by our Scientific Council, the Foundation's Outstanding Achievement Prizes honor scientists for their lifetime achievements in brain and behavior research.
LIEBER PRIZE: Outstanding Achievement in Schizophrenia Research
- Anissa Abi-Dargham, M.D., Stony Brook University
- Schahram Akbarian, M.D., Ph.D., Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
MALTZ PRIZE: Innovative & Promising Schizophrenia Research
- Kristen Brennand, Ph.D., Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
- Guillermo Horga, M.D., Ph.D., NYSPI, Columbia University
COLVIN PRIZE: Outstanding Achievement in Mood Disorders Research
- Benjamin I. Goldstein, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPC, University of Toronto & Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
- Lakshmi N. Yatham, M.B.B.S., F.R.C.P.C., M.R.C.Psych(UK)., MBA (Exec), University of British Columbia
RUANE PRIZE: Outstanding Achievement in Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Research
- Ami Klin, Ph.D., Marcus Autism Center, Emory University School of Medicine and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
- Joseph Piven, M.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
GOLDMAN-RAKIC PRIZE: Outstanding Achievement in Cognitive Neuroscience Research
- Jean Pierre Changeux, Ph.D., College de France and Institut Pasteur, France
- Xiao-Jing Wang, Ph.D., Center for Neural Science, NYU