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Anticevic Recipient of Joel Elkes Research Award

December 09, 2019

Alan Anticevic, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, has been named recipient of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology’s (ACNP) Joel Elkes Research Award for excellence in clinical research.

The award, presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of the ACNP in Orlando, Florida, on December 8-11, is given to a young scientist in recognition of an outstanding clinical contribution to neuropsychopharmacology.

Anticevic directs Yale’s Division of Neurocognition, Neurocomputation, and Neurogenetics. His research is centered on computational and cognitive neuroscience of mental health. His group is interested in characterizing neural mechanisms involved in higher order cognitive operations such as working memory and their interaction with neural systems involved in emotional processes and how these computations become compromised due to severe mental illness in order to inform their treatment.

The research group collaborates to develop neurobiologically principled and computationally grounded mapping between neural and behavioral levels of analyses in people to help advance personalized and rational treatment design for mental health symptoms.

Anticevic was nominated for the award by John Krystal, MD, Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Professor of Translational Research; Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Psychology; and Chair of the Yale Department of Psychiatry. Krystal, a past recipient of the award, said Anticevic’s work “embodies the new generation of clinical neuropharmacology researchers who are shaping a multilevel, interdisciplinary approach toward understanding basic neural mechanisms and translating these discoveries to build insight into complex mental illness.”

Anticevic has received numerous honors for his work, including the NARSAD Young Investigator Award, the International Congress of Schizophrenia Research Young Investigator Award, the Klerman Prize for Exceptional Clinical Research, and the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award.

ACNP’s mission is to further research and education in neuropsychopharmacology and related fields. Founded in 1961, it is a professional organization of more than 1,100 leading scientists.

Submitted by Christopher Gardner on December 09, 2019