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Csernansky Named Lizzie Gilman Professor of Psychiatry

May 6, 2008 | by Marla Paul
CHICAGO --- John G. Csernansky has joined the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine as chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and Lizzie Gilman Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Csernansky's National Institutes of Health-supported research investigates how structural abnormalities of the limbic system and prefrontal cortex relate to cognitive defects and responses to drug therapies in patients with schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease.

Csernansky also conducts clinical trials of new drugs that aim to improve cognitive function and long-term outcomes.

A member of the editorial boards of Schizophrenia Bulletin and Schizophrenia Research, he is ad hoc reviewer for 19 other journals in areas of brain research, psychiatry and neuropharmacology. He has also served on panels, committees and review boards for the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Aging.

Csernansky has received multiple awards, including the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award in 1998 and Mortimer Goodman Award in 2002, both from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and in 2004 the Award of Excellence in Human Research protection from the Health Improvement Institute.

Before joining Northwestern this March, Csernansky served as the Gregory B. Couch Professor of Psychiatry and professor of neurobiology at Washington University in St. Louis.
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