Avram Holmes, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology and of Psychiatry, has been chosen to receive the Society of Biological Psychiatry’s 2019 A.E. Bennett Award for Clinical/Translational Research.
The award recognizes superb international research in biological psychiatry by young investigators. It will be presented May 17 during the Society’s 74th annual scientific convention and meeting in Chicago.
The prize is awarded based on a body of work. Research in Holmes’ lab is focused on discovering the fundamental organization of large-scale human brain networks. A core motivation that drives the work is the search for specific network-level signatures, or “fingerprints,” that co-vary with heritable behavioral variation in the general population and mark vulnerability for psychiatric illness onset.
In pursuit of this goal, the lab’s current projects encompass three complementary domains of functional architecture of the human brain, genetic and brain bases of individual differences, and neurobiological markers of psychiatric illness.
Holmes completed his clinical training at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard University Center for Brain Science. He worked as an Instructor at Harvard Medical School before coming to Yale in 2014.
In 2016 he was honored with a Klerman Prize for Exceptional Clinical Research honorable mention award from the Brain & Behavior Foundation. The award recognizes exceptional clinical and basic research by scientists who have been supported by NARSAD Young Investigator Grants.