WRITER: AMY LILLARD
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
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Release: Nov. 30, 1999
Robinson to receive medical academy's annual research
IOWA CITY, Iowa Robert G. Robinson, M.D., University
of Iowa professor and head of psychiatry, has received the Academy of Psychosomatic
Medicine Annual Research Award for his research on emotional disorders associated
"It's wonderful to receive an award from my peers,"
Robinson said. "The academy is the largest and most prestigious organization
dedicated to those working with the interactions of physical illnesses and
mental disorders. To win its research prize is an honor."
The national award is presented for psychiatric work
in general hospital services. The prize was awarded at the academy's annual
meeting held Nov. 19 in New Orleans.
Robinson's more than 20 years of research in neuropsychiatry
includes studies on depression that have helped improve patient care. He and
his team were the first to demonstrate that the antidepressant Nortriptyline
is an effective method of treating depression in patients who have suffered
In other studies, Robinson and colleagues discovered
a significant relationship between the location of brain injury and the severity
and frequency of depressive disorder in patients with stroke. The finding
replicated four times by other investigators yet still controversial
indicates that specific areas of the brain seem to play a strategic
role in initiating mood disorders.
Robinson also led a research team that demonstrated,
for the first time, that patients who had a depressive disorder following
acute stroke were 3.5 times more likely to die during the 10 years following
the stroke than patients who had a similar stroke but did not have a depressive
Other honors Robinson has received include the 1999
annual American Psychiatric Association Award for Research; the Paul W. Penningroth
Professorship in Psychiatry; and election to the Johns Hopkins Society of
Scholars, which recognizes distinguished Hopkins alumni who have made major
contributions to business, science or the arts.