Dr. Charles B. Nemeroff Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine psychiatrist Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., was honored by the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE) with its 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award for his research into the biological basis of depression and other neuropsychiatric disorders.

Clemens Kirschbaum, ISPNE president, presented the award to Nemeroff, who is the Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Director of the Center on Aging, at the society’s annual congress in September in Edinburgh, Scotland.

“Dr. Nemeroff is one of the world’s most distinguished scholars in the field of brain and endocrine research,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School of Medicine and CEO of UHealth. “He richly deserves this award for advancing our understanding of these linkages.”

Nemeroff’s clinical research has focused on the genetic, endocrine and neurochemical underpinnings of depression, including the increased risk in victims of child abuse. He has also contributed to seminal findings concerning the relationship of depression to cardiovascular disease.

“Our work at the Miller School has helped demonstrate that major psychiatric disorders like depression and anxiety have similarities to chronic health problems such as diabetes and hypertension,” said Nemeroff, who joined the faculty in 2009. “There are genetic and environmental factors that contribute to an individual’s risk for both types of disorders.”

For 45 years, ISPNE has brought together researchers looking at the role of hormones, chemicals and immune mechanisms in a wide range of psychiatric and medical disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease. “We will be hosting the 46th annual meeting in September 2016, here in Miami,” added Nemeroff, who shared the 2015 award with Alan F. Schatzberg, M.D., former chairman of Stanford University’s Department of Psychiatry.

Nemeroff has received numerous honors during his career, including the Kempf Award in Psychobiology (1989) and the Samuel Hibbs Award (1990) from the American Psychiatric Association, and the Gold Medal Award and the Research Prize (1996) from the Society of Biological Psychiatry. In 1993 he was awarded the Edward J. Sachar Award from Columbia University and the Edward A. Strecker Award from The Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital. He also received the Menninger Prize in 2000 from the American College of Physicians, the Research Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in 2001, and the Burlingame Prize from the Institute of Living in 2002.

Nemeroff has served as editor-in-chief of Neuropsychopharmacology, co-editor with Schatzberg of the “Textbook of Psychopharmacology,” and is past president of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and the American College of Psychiatrists. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

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