Psychiatry Clinician-Researcher Selected for Competitive Summer Research Institute
Samir A. Sabbag, M.D., assistant professor of clinical psychiatry and behavioral sciences, has been selected to participate in the Weill Cornell Medical College’s 2014 Summer Research Institute in Geriatric Mental Health. Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, Sabbag will attend the Summer Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles from July 20 to 25.
Sabbag says he is looking forward to the intense week of hands-on training, which is part of the national program that promotes the advancement of talented early-stage investigators who hold promise for a career in geriatric mental health translational, interventional or services research.
“I feel extremely fortunate to be considered for this program, as I will be receiving mentorship in the area of geriatric psychiatry by some of the most renowned researchers on this topic, including grant reviewers from the National Institute of Mental Health,” Sabbag said. “I look forward to learning the tools necessary to succeed in the academic environment.”
As a clinician and researcher, Sabbag works with diverse older populations to improve functionality, well-being and successful aging interventions. During his training, he will focus on NIH-funded research to promote diversity — cultural, ethnic and gender-diverse adults — in health-related studies through the Miller School’s Center on Aging.
“I am delighted that Dr. Sabbag, one of our most productive junior faculty members, has been chosen to participate in this year’s annual training experience,” said Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Leonard M. Miller Professor and Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Center on Aging. “This is a very competitive program, and Dr. Sabbag is clearly perceived as one of the future leaders in geriatric psychiatry nationwide.”