The 2017 Constance Lieber Prize for Innovation in Developmental Neuroscience will be awarded to Joseph Gleeson, M.D., Director of Neurodevelopmental Genetics and Endowed Chair at Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine; Professor of Neuroscience, University of California San Diego; Adjunct Professor, The Rockefeller University and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institution. The historic award will be presented to Dr. Gleeson at a Developmental Neuroscience Symposium on June 13, 2017, at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
In addition to honoring the first recipient of this prize, several keynote speakers will be in attendance at the symposium to honor Constance Lieber's legacy.
2017 Symposium Agenda
There will also be feature presentations from:
Unique molecular regulation of the higher cortical circuits afflicted in schizophrenia - Amy Arnsten, Ph.D., Yale School of Medicine
Disrupted Synaptic Plasticity in Cognitive Disorders - Rick Huganir, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Transcriptional Regulation of Regional and Cell Fate in the Developing Forebrain - John Rubenstein, M.D., Ph.D., UCSF
Germline de novo mutation and the etiology of developmental neuropsychiatric disorders - Matthew State, M.D., Ph.D., UCSF
Genomic insights to the neurodevelopmental origins of schizophrenia - Daniel Weinberger, M.D., Lieber Institute for Brain Development
Location: Chevy Chase Auditorium
Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Registration: Register here. Registration is FREE but REQUIRED. Lunch is included with registration.
The Constance Lieber Prize for Innovation in Developmental Neuroscience will be awarded to an investigator under 55 years of age who has made a transformative contribution in developmental neuroscience with clinical implications. The award will be recognized every two years, consisting of a $100,000 cash prize.
Connie Lieber was an extraordinary person. Her role in establishing and supporting research about developmental behavioral disorders is legendary as was her deep personal investment in the careers of young scientists. She intuitively believed in the developmental origins of psychiatric illnesses and worked tirelessly for over 40 years to fund research, raise awareness of mental disorders, and reduce the stigma often felt by those suffering and their families. For over twenty-five years, she was the inspirational leader of the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (formerly NARSAD). It was this dedication to research and the search for cures for mental disorders that ultimately led Connie and her husband Steve Lieber to found the Lieber Institute for Brain Development along with Milton and Tamar Maltz.
It is a great honor to be able to recognize Connie Lieber’s leadership in the area of mental health research, her prescient insights about the central role of brain development, and to inspire the next generation of scientists in the developmental neurosciences with this prize in her name.
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The Constance Lieber Prize Committee:
Dr. Daniel Weinberger, Lieber Institute for Brain Development
Dr. Fred Gage, Salk Institute for Biological Sciences
Dr. Huda Zoghbi, Baylor College of Medicine
Dr. John Rubenstein, University of California San Francisco
Dr. Rick Huganir, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Dr. Amy Arnsten, Yale University
Dr. Matthew State, University of California San Francisco
This is an international award for individuals 55 years of age and under who have made a transformative contribution in developmental neuroscience with clinical implications.
· Nominees must be currently active in their field of research
· Self-nominations are not accepted
A letter of nomination must include a description of the nominee’s transformative contribution in developmental neuroscience with clinical implications. Nominations must be submitted in English and PDF format, and include:
· Nomination form (one per nominee)
· Nomination letter (limit two pages)
· Curriculum vitae
· Bibliography (limit 10-12 publications)
· Two (2) support letters
Individuals may be nominated by colleagues, experts in the field, or leaders of the individual’s institute. There is no limit to the number of nominations that may be submitted by a single institute, all qualified and exceptional nominations are encouraged. All nominations will be carefully reviewed and considered by the Prize Committee. The winner will be notified prior to an official public announcement and award symposium June 13, 2017 at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD.
Questions regarding the prize or your nomination may be submitted to:
Constance Lieber Prize Committee
The Lieber Institute for Brain Development