Outstanding Achievement Prizes

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The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation recognizes outstanding research leadership and contributions to mental health research with a number of annual prizes.

Learn more about each prize:

View our 2013 Annual Awards Dinner Journal.

Read our 2013 Mental Health Research Symposium Program.

 

Lieber Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Schizophrenia Research

The Lieber Prize has been given annually since 1987. It is funded by the Essel Foundation and provides a cash award of $50,000.

The Lieber Prize for Schizophrenia Research is given in recognition of a research scientist who has made distinguished contributions to the understanding of schizophrenia. The $50,000 cash rewards past achievement and provides further incentive for an outstanding working scientist to continue to do exceptional research into the causes, prevention, and treatment of schizophrenia.

The prize is bestowed at the annual New York City Awards Dinner held each October.  The presentation of the prize helps build public understanding of the importance of schizophrenia research, and acts as a goal towards which researchers might strive.

The Lieber Prize for Schizophrenia Research is made possible by the generous contribution of Stephen and Constance Lieber.

2014 Nomination Instructions

For more information, please contact Sho Tin Chen at schen@bbrfoundation.org.

2013 Prizewinner:
Marc G. Caron, Ph.D.
- Duke University Medical Center - Watch Video

For past recipients click here.

 

Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Schizophrenia Research

The Baer Prize is selected by the current year’s Lieber Prize for Schizophrenia Research winner, and is typically a NARSAD Young Investigator at the Lieber Prize winner’s institution conducting outstanding work in schizophrenia research. A $40,000 prize is intended to support the recipient's important work in schizophrenia.

The prize is bestowed at the annual New York City Awards Dinner held each October.  The presentation of the prize is intended to stimulate the career of the investigator and further the field of schizophrenia research. The Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Prize for Schizophrenia Research is made possible by the generous contribution of the Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation.

Nominations: The Baer Prize recipient will be chosen by the Lieber Prize recipient. Nominations for the Baer Prize are not available.

For more information, please contact Sho Tin Chen at schen@bbrfoundation.org.

2013 Prizewinners:

Kafui Dzirasa, M.D., Ph.D. - Duke University - Watch Video

Nikhil M. Urs, Ph.D. - Duke University - Watch Video

For past recipients click here.
 

Goldman-Rakic Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Cognitive Neuroscience

The Goldman-Rakic Prize was initiated in 2003 in honor of Patricia Goldman-Rakic, Ph.D. It is given annually to recognize outstanding research in cognitive neuroscience. $40,000 cash is awarded.

The Goldman-Rakic Prize for Cognitive Neuroscience is given in recognition of a research scientist who has made distinguished contributions to the understanding of cognitive neuroscience. After Patricia Goldman-Rakic's tragic death on July 31, 2003, Constance and Stephen Lieber established a prize of $40,000 and an honorary lecture at Yale University to honor her memory and her formidable accomplishments. The prize is specifically for excellence in neurobiological research at the cellular, physiological, or behavioral levels that may lead to a greater understanding of underlying psychiatric or neurological disease. The award is bestowed at the annual New York City Awards Dinner held each October.

2014 Nomination Instructions

For more information, please contact Sho Tin Chen at schen@bbrfoundation.org.

2013 Prizewinner:

Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D. - Stanford University - Watch Video

For past recipients click here.
 

Colvin Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Mood Disorders Research

At the 25th Anniversary National Awards Dinner, it was announced that the Outstanding Achievement Prize in Mood Disorders Research has been renamed in honor of the late Oliver D. Colvin, Jr. The Colvin Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Mood Disorders Research (formerly the Bipolar Mood Disorder Prize, the Nola Maddox Falcone Prize and the Selo Prize) is an award of $50,000 given by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation to an outstanding scientist carrying out work on the causes, pathophysiology, treatment, or prevention of affective disorders. The scientist to be recognized is one who gives particular promise for advancing our understanding of affective illness or its basic brain mechanisms that will lead to new treatment approaches.

The prize is bestowed at the annual New York City Awards Dinner held each October.

2014 Nomination Instructions

For more information, please contact Sho Tin Chen at schen@bbrfoundation.org.

2013 Prizewinners:

Boris Birmaher, M.D. - University of Pittsburgh School of the Health Sciences - Watch Video

Andrew A. Nierenberg, M.D. - Harvard Medical School - Watch Video

For past recipients click here.
 

Ruane Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Research

The Ruane Prize was initiated in 2000 by Joy and William Ruane. It is given annually to recognize outstanding research in child and adolescent psychiatry. $50,000 cash is awarded.

The Ruane Prize is an award of $50,000 given by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation to an outstanding scientist carrying out research on the causes, pathophysiology, treatment, or prevention of severe child mental illness. The scientist to be recognized is one who gives particular promise for advancing our understanding of psychotic, affective or other severe brain and behavior disorders having their onset in childhood or adolescence. Contributions may be for clinical research or relevant basic science. The prize is bestowed at the annual New York City Awards Dinner held each October.

2014 Nomination Instructions

For more information, please contact Sho Tin Chen at schen@bbrfoundation.org.

2013 Prizewinner:

Jay N. Giedd, M.D. - National Institute of Mental Health - Watch Video

For past recipients click here.