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NYAM Presents the 2013 Thomas William Salmon Lecture and Award in Psychiatry

NYAM presented its 2013 Thomas William Salmon Lecture and Award in Psychiatry on December 3, 2013. The event honored Salmon Medalist Kenneth Kendler, MD and featured Salmon Lecturer Daniel Geschwind, MD, PhD.

Each year The New York Academy of Medicine's Salmon Committee on Psychiatry and Mental Hygiene recognizes a prominent specialist in psychiatry, neurology, or mental hygiene by presenting The Thomas William Salmon Award for outstanding contributions to these fields. On the same occasion, The Thomas William Salmon Lecturer, chosen from among the nation's most talented investigators, is invited to share his or her research with the New York area psychiatric community. The Salmon Lecture, first given in 1932, and the Salmon Medal, first awarded in 1942, are presented in memory of Thomas W. Salmon (1876-1927), a gifted and beloved physician whose contribution to the cause of the mentally ill and distressed was one of the most notable of his generation.

Dr. Geschwind receiving his award from Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman

Dr. Geschwind delivered the 2013 Salmon Lecture on the topic of "Autism: A model for integrative genomics in neuropsychiatric disease."
Dr. Geschwind is the Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Chair in Human Genetics and Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at the
UCLA School of Medicine. He is director of the Neurogenetics Program and the Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART) and co-director of the Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics in the Semel Institute at UCLA.
He joined the UCLA faculty in 1997, founding the neurogenetics program. His laboratory aims to develop a mechanistic understanding of neuropsychiatric diseases, such as autism and neurodegenerative diseases, and their relationship to the range of normal human higher cognitive function and behavior, and ultimately to develop effective therapeutics for neurologic and psychiatric disorders.
Dr. Geschwind has also put considerable effort into fostering large-scale collaborative patient resources for genetic research and data sharing. He is a strong advocate for data and biomaterial sharing, having provided scientific oversight for the Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE).

Dr. Kendler receiving the Salmon medal from Dr. Dolores Malaspina

Salmon Medalist Dr. Kendler is the Rachel Brown Banks Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Human Genetics at
Virginia Commonweath University School of Medicine. He has been engaged since 1983 in studies of the genetics of psychiatric and substance use disorders, including schizophrenia, major depression, alcoholism, personality disorders and drug abuse and dependence. He has utilized methods ranging from family studies, to large-sample population-based twin and adoption studies to molecular genetic studies including linkage, association, GWAS and sequencing aimed at identifying specific genes that influence the vulnerability to schizophrenia, alcoholism, depression, personality disorders and nicotine dependence. He has published over 750 articles, has received a number of national and international awards for his work, is a member of the Institute of Medicine, and is Editor of Psychological Medicine. He has been actively involved in DSM-III-R, DSM-IV and DSM-5, where he chaired the Scientific Review Committee. Since 1996, he has served as Director of the Virginia Institute of Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics.

“The Thomas Salmon Medal and Lecture is a prestigious award in the field of psychiatry,” said Jeffrey A. Lieberman, MD, Chair of the Thomas William Salmon Committee on Psychiatry and Mental Hygiene. “This year's recipients followed a distinguished list of prior winners. Doctors Geschwind and Kendler are leading researchers in neuropsychiatric genetics, with particular distinction in the molecular genetics of autism and neurodevelopmental disorders (Geschwind) and gene – environmental interactions (Kendler). Their presence and presentations at this year’s Salmon ceremonies at The New York Academy of Medicine memorably continued this hallowed tradition.”

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Posted on December 6, 2013

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