Two Rising Star Translational Research Award Winners Chosen for 2013

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Janssen / IMHRO Rising Star Translational Research Awards: Kafui Dzirasa and Philip Corlett.

IMHRO's Board of DIrectors has approved its Scientific Advisory Board's selection of two winners of the Janssen / IMHRO Rising Star Translational Research Award for 2013:

  • Philip Corlett, Ph.D. of Yale University for his proposal "Potassium Channels and Prediction Error: Targeting Schizophrenia with Retigabine"
  • Kafui Dzirasa, M.D., Ph.D. of Duke University Medical Center for his proposal "Closed Loop Actuators to Repair Brain Circuit Dysfunction"

Each proposal is brilliantly original and holds great potential to lead to better therapies for severe mental illnesses. Please click on each name above for a detailed summary of each proposal.

Congratulations, Drs. Dzirasa and Corlett! Thank you so much to all who have applied for this round.


"I came to learn about IMHRO when I was working on a film about my father whose untreated schizophrenia caused such pain in our family. As a physician I knew all too well that my story was common and I knew the desperate need for greater research into this illusive disease. When I heard of the ground breaking work the Staglins were doing thru their organization IMHRO, such as research into preventing schizophrenia from ever occuring, I hoped to meet them. When I did I was amazed by their non-stop energy and complete devotion to the cause. But most of all, I was moved by their sincere desire to share ideas with people from all backgrounds and fields. As I continue to create films to inspire empathy for those with mental illness, I remain inspired by the Staglins and what IMHRO has done to transform mental health research and improve lives. "

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