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Release: Sept. 13, 2000
UI's Andreasen receives major psychiatry research award
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Nancy C. Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D., Andrew H. Woods Chair
of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, has been awarded
the Lieber Prize for Outstanding Research in Schizophrenia.
The prize is funded by the Essel Foundation and recognizes a research scientist
who has made distinguished contributions to research into the causes, prevention
and treatment of schizophrenia. The prize includes an award of $50,000, the
largest award in psychiatric research. The prize will be presented to Andreasen
in October at the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression
Scientific Symposium in New York City.
Andreasen is known internationally for her neuroimaging research, which
involves the use of magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography.
In 1997, she created a new model of schizophrenia based on neuroimaging data.
That research suggests that a "misconnection syndrome" -- a brain
circuitry disruption -- between certain parts of the brain causes the cognitive
dysfunction, such as hallucinations or disorganized language, that typifies
Her current research includes the study of three-dimensional image analysis
techniques to integrate multi-modality imaging and to develop innovative methods
for analyzing structural and functional imaging techniques in an automated
manner. These neuroimaging techniques allow researchers to better pinpoint
and measure the clinical signs of schizophrenia.
Andreasen has served as chair of the International Advisory Board for the
Nobel Symposium on Schizophrenia and is Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal
of Psychiatry. She also is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National
Academy of Sciences and has twice been elected to serve on its governing council.
Andreasen's past awards include the Research Scientist Award from the National
Institute of Mental Health; the Adolf Meyer Award; the American Psychiatric
Association Prize for Research; the Sigmund Freud Award from the American
College of Psychoanalysis; the Dean Award and the Distinguished Service Award
from the American College of Psychiatrists; the Robert Sommer Award; the Board
of Regents, State of Iowa Award for Faculty Excellence; and the Rhoda and
Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health from the Institute of
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between
the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient
care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.