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Professor Receives 2008 Young Investigator Award

Creighton Professor Receives 2008 Young Investigator Award

Shashank Dravid, D.V.M., Ph.D., an assistant professor of pharmacology at Creighton University School of Medicine, has been selected to receive a 2008 Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia And Depression, NARSAD.

NARSAD is the world’s leading donor-supported organization dedicated to funding research on psychiatric disorders. Dravid is one of 220 early-career scientists worldwide to receive the 2008 award.

He was selected because of his “innovative and promising research,” said Geoff Birkett, NARSAD president. “The young scientists whom NARSAD selects for participation in our grant program represent the very best in their respective areas of expertise. …Their work will accelerate progress in the study of all areas of psychiatric disorders…” Dravid, who earned his doctoral degree in pharmacology/toxicology from the University of Georgia, will receive $60,000 for the next two years to investigate the function of glutamate delta-1 receptors. The high degree of association between schizophrenia and the delta-1 gene suggests a role for this brain protein in schizophrenia.

The Young Investigator Award is recognized as one of the top awards presented to promising young researchers in the mental health field in the early stages of their careers. Recipients are selected based on the recommendations of NARSAD’s Scientific Council, comprised of 103 leaders in mental health research.