John H. Krystal, M.D., the Robert L. McNeil Jr. Professor of Translational Research, chair of the School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, and chief of psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Hospital, has been named president of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. The ACNP is the leading organization focusing on the brain science related to neuropsychiatric disorders.
Krystal, also director of the Clinical Neuroscience Division of the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s Center for the Translational Neuroscience of Alcoholism, is an expert in “translational neuroscience”—the effort to link concepts and approaches arising from basic brain research to the study of the neurobiology and treatment of psychiatric disorders. He has applied this strategy to developing new treatments for schizophrenia, ptsd, alcoholism, and depression.