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David J. Kupfer, M.D.

David J. Kupfer, M.D.

Distinguished Scientists Receive Top Honors At International Conference On Bipolar Disorder

PITTSBURGH, June 17, 2005 — In conjunction with the Sixth International Conference on Bipolar Disorder being held this week in Pittsburgh, three distinguished individuals will be honored for their contributions to bipolar disorder research, education and service.

The Mogens Schou Awards were named in recognition and appreciation of Professor Mogens Schou, M.D., Dr. Med. Sci., honorary president, International Society of Bipolar Disorders, and emeritus professor, The Psychiatric Hospital, Risskov, Denmark, whose groundbreaking research 50 years ago proved lithium’s significant mood stabilizing effects for the treatment of bipolar disorders.

“This year’s Mogens Schou Awards continue the strong tradition of honoring those heroes who are making major advances that bring hope to those suffering from bipolar disorder,” said David J. Kupfer, M.D., the Thomas P. Detre Professor and chairman of the department of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Samuel Gershon, M.D., professor emeritus of psychiatry of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine will receive the Mogens Schou Award for Distinguished Contributions. Dr. Gershon has dedicated his academic career to biological psychiatry and initiated the first American studies of lithium in bipolar patients more than 40 years ago.

David J. Miklowitz, Ph.D., professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Colorado at Boulder, will receive the Mogens Schou Award for Research. Dr. Miklowitz has focused his research on developing effective approaches to educate families with bipolar disorder on the many factors contributing to both control of the disease and relapse.

Paolo Lucio Morselli, M.D., vice president for outreach of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders, will receive the Mogens Schou Award for Education and Advocacy. Throughout his career, Dr. Morselli has worked as an advocate dedicated to reducing the stigma and prejudice associated with bipolar and other mood disorders.

The Mogens Schou Awards ceremony takes place at 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 17 at The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh in Oakland.

The Sixth International Conference on Bipolar Disorder, which is being sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, is the only venue in the world devoted exclusively to highlighting new research into bipolar disorder. The disease affects both adults and children, devastates families and work relationships, accounts for nearly half of all suicides in the United States and costs billions in medical bills, missed work and lower productivity.

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