Avram J. Holmes, PhD, assistant professor of psychology and of psychiatry at Yale, has been honored with a 2016 Klerman Prize for Exceptional Clinical Research honorable mention award from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.
Holmes was recognized for his work in “Identifying the Network-Level Fingerprints of Affective Illness and Associated Polygenic Vulnerability in the General Population,” which looks for specific network-level signatures or “fingerprints” that indicate vulnerability for psychiatric illness.
Holmes was one of six young scientists honored Aug. 1 by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, which awards grants that lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research. Since 1987, the foundation has awarded more than $346 million to fund more than 5,000 grants to more than 4,000 leading scientists worldwide.
The Klerman Prize recognizes exceptional clinical and basic research by scientists who have been supported by NARSAD Young Investigator Grants. The grants enable early career scientists to pursue innovative ideas in neurobiological and psychosocial research, garner pilot data, and generate “proof” of concept for the early detection, treatment, prevention, and cure of mental illness.
"These prizes bestowed annually recognize young researchers whose work in child and adolescent depression, anxiety, unipolar and bipolar depression and schizophrenia further advance the quest to identify the biological roots of mental illness, develop new diagnostic tools, more effective and targeted treatments, and pave the way toward prevention," said Jeffrey Borenstein, MD, the foundation's president and CEO.
Holmes directs the Holmes Lab at Yale. The lab conducts neuroimaging research at The Yale Magnetic Resonance Research Center (MRRC).