Rising Star Awards

Identifying and funding critical and cutting edge brain disorders research

Given the challenges of understanding and finding therapies for psychiatric disorders, IMHRO’s Rising Star Awards aim to encourage the community of neuroscience researchers to direct their efforts toward basic and translational science while supporting the research of emerging leaders in the field.

In 2015, IMHRO in collaboration with its chapter AIM for Mental Health and with Janssen Research and Development granted two major awards for research related to psychiatric illness.

Chosen by IMHRO's Scientific Advisory Board, each Rising Star recipient will receive up to $250,000 to fund research for their studies.

About the Awards

IMHRO / Janssen Rising Star Translational Research Award

One grant was awarded for research toward novel therapies for psychiatric illness with the objective to advance the translation of scientific knowledge of underlying disease mechanisms in bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and major depression toward benefits to patients and the healthcare system. Specifically, the program supports translational research on innovative targets, with the potential to advance discovery of therapeutic approaches in the near term. The emphasis will be on the approaches that provide a viable path toward renormalizing or compensating for novel biological alterations or those that have already been discovered. This award is not specifically focused to advance the understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of psychiatric diseases.

IMHRO / AIM Rising Star Research Award

A second grant was awarded for research in humans focused specifically on anxiety or depression in children and adolescents. Proposals included research projects focused on innovative strategies and technologies for elaborating basic mechanisms or new approaches to individualized treatment and prevention.

2015 IMHRO Rising Star Award Winners Conor Liston & Katie McLaughlin

2015 Award Winners

IMHRO’s Scientific Advisory Board has chosen Conor Liston, MD, PhD to receive the 2015 IMHRO/Janssen Rising Star Translational Research Award, and Katie McLaughlin, PhD to receive the 2015 IMHRO/AIM Rising Star Award.

Dr. Conor Liston is Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at the Brain and Mind Research Institute and Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Liston’s award-winning proposal, “Circuit Biomarkers for Diagnosing and Treating Neurophysiological Subtypes of Depression”, addresses a critical need toward developing personalized psychiatry, aiming to understand and test treatments targeting the biological mechanisms behind distinct forms of depression. Learn more

Dr. Katie McLaughlin is Assistant Professor of Psychology at University of Washington. McLaughlin’s proposal, “Neural Mechanisms of Stress Vulnerability Underlying Anxiety and Depression in Youth”, employs neuroimaging and mobile-device-enabled monitoring to better understand the biology linking the stress of adolescent life with the development of anxiety and depression. Learn more

[Liston photo credit: Carlos Rene Perez]

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