NARSAD presents awards to seven in psychiatry

By LaKisha Ladson

NARSAD, a Great Neck, N.Y.-based charity dedicated to mental health research, has presented awards to seven UT Southwestern scientists this year for novel projects to advance research on psychiatric disorders.

The honorees from the psychiatry department are: Dr. Paul Croarkin, assistant professor; Dr. Michael Lutter, assistant professor; Dr. Diane Lagace, instructor; Dr. Scott Russo, assistant instructor; Dr. Shawn McClintock, postdoctoral research fellow; Dr. Megumi Adachi, postdoctoral researcher; and Dr. Robert Gonzalez, resident.

NARSAD, which has honored more than 50 UT Southwestern scientists in the past, calls its program Young Investigator Awards. These are meant for promising scientists entering research whose work generates pilot data needed for larger grants.

“These awards are very com­petitive and we’re grateful that we effectively secured so many,” said Dr. Carol Tamminga, interim psychiatry chair.

“This clearly is a positive com­mentary about the quality of the young scientists in our psychiatry department.”

The two-year awards include $60,000 for clinical translational research — basic science that is clinically oriented.