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Cambridge Neuroscientist recognised for her outstanding contribution to translational cognitive psychopharmacology and the study of emotional and behavioural dysfunction

Congratulations go to Professor Barbara Sahakian who has been awarded the 2010 Senior Investigator Award by the International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology (ICGP ) Awards Committee. She will be presented with her award at the Association's annual meeting in Athens, 15th-18th September, 2010 where she will also deliver a special lecture. In addition Barbara will speak at an informal session discussing aspects of her career and scientific experience with delegates at the meeting.

The ICGP is a multi-disciplinary organisation including clinical and basic science researchers with interest in issues around neuropsychiatric disorders in relationship to aging and the treatment of these conditions.

Barbara J Sahakian is Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine. She has an international reputation in the fields of cognitive psychopharmacology, neuroethics, neuropsychology, neuropsychiatry and neuroimaging. She is probably best known for her research work on cognition and depression, cognitive enhancement using pharmacological treatments, neuroethics and early detection of Alzheimer's disease and is the co-inventor of the CANTAB computerised neuropsychological tests, which are in use world-wide use. She has over 200 publications covering these topics in scientific journals, including Science, Nature Neuroscience, The Lancet, British Medical Journal, Archives of General Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, the Journal of Neuroscience, Brain, Psychopharmacology and Psychological Medicine.

Barbara joins a growing list of prestigious previous recipients of this prize -  last year's winner of the ICGP Senior Investigator Award was George Alexopoulos, M.D. the founder and Director of the Weill-Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry and the Director of the NIMH-supported (P30) Advanced Center for Interventions and Services Research (ACISR) in Late-Life Depression. He was recognised for his seminal discoveries in the biology of late life depression.

Posted on 13/05/2010

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