Dr. Charles B. Nemeroff Receives Julius Axelrod Mentorship Award

Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has received the 2016 Julius Axelrod Mentorship Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. The award was presented on December 5 during the President’s Plenary Session at the organization’s annual meeting in Hollywood, Florida.

The award is named in honor of a Nobel Prize-winning American pharmacologist who shaped the fields of neuroscience, drug metabolism and biochemistry, and who served as a mentor for numerous eminent pharmacologists around the world. It is given each year to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to neuropsychopharmacology by mentoring and developing young scientists into leaders in the field.

Nemeroff’s nomination received numerous letters of support from current and former trainees who are now Ph.D. students, postdoctoral fellows, residents and junior faculty at a variety of academic institutions.

“There is nothing more important than advances in science and medicine, and they are best accomplished by identifying, mentoring and nurturing young investigators who can move the field forward,” said Nemeroff. “These are our professional children, and they should be treated as such. It is the mentor’s responsibility to ensure their success by launching them from the academic womb and enabling them to reach the next level. The greatest pleasure is seeing their professional success exceed your own.”

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