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John Wemmie, MD, PhD, has been named president of the prestigious Psychiatric Research Society. Wemmie, a professor in our department, is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, and serves as Director of the Molecular Psychiatry Division.
Andrew Pieper, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry and member of the Pappajohn Biomedical Institute, has been selected for membership in the American Society for Clinical Investigation, one of the nation’s oldest and most respected medical honor societies.
Jacob Michaelson, PhD, an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, has been awarded a $3 million NIH grant to study the biological basis of language impairment over the next five years. The project will be the first ever to perform whole-genome sequencing to examine this condition.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry Gen Shinozaki, MD, in partnership withJohn Cromwell, MD, of the University of Iowa Surgery Department, recently secured funding from the University’sResearch Foundation Commercialization GAP Fund Programto test a new device-driven approach to screening for and predicting delirium.
The University of Iowa Department of Psychiatry is pleased to be the home to a number of academically-minded residents. Some of them have already become productive scholars, and others are encouraged along that path.
2015 saw the retirement of two of the Department of Psychiatry’s most valued team members, Betsy Hradek, ARNP, and Liz Schacht, PhD, ARNP. Hradek served as Team Leader for UI Hospitals and Clinics’ IMPACT (Integrated Multidisciplinary Program of Assertive Community Treatment) program upon retiring, having remained with the Department of Psychiatry for close to 40 years.
At the July 21 State of the Department meeting, James B. Potash, MD, MPH, Chair and Department Executive Officer of Psychiatry, discussed achievements within the department in the past year, and was full of praise for the outstanding people who made them possible.
Friends and family of the Class of 2015 gathered at the University Club on the evening of June 12 to celebrate the graduation of Psychiatry Department residents. An atmosphere of mutual admiration and gratitude abounded at the ceremony as graduating residents, residency program directors, and others received awards for their accomplishments.