The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation celebrated 25 years of Empowering Research for Productive Lives and honored eight extraordinary scientists at its Annual National Awards Dinner in New York City on October 26.
Matthew State, M.D., Ph.D., was one of two winners of the Ruane Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Child and Adolescent Research this year. Dr. State is the Donald J. Cohen Professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychiatry and Genetics, and Deputy Chairman for Research in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. State represents a rare combination of a clinically trained child psychiatrist who also has received a Ph.D. in genetics. His research centers on the search to discover genes related to neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood and is recognized as one of the most outstanding scientists in the discovery of rare genetic variants as risk factors for autism. Applying rapidly evolving technologies of molecular genetics, his work is helping to illuminate the molecular and neurobiological underpinnings of these disorders toward the goal of translating research findings into new and more effective treatments.
Dr. State was selected through a peer-review process of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Scientific Council, a volunteer group of 138 pre-eminent mental health researchers. These annual prizes are amongst the most prestigious recognitions possible in psychiatric research.