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.


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