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IU psychiatrist John Nurnberger presented with lifetime achievement award


INDIANAPOLIS — John I. Nurnberger Jr., M.D., Ph.D., has been awarded the Snow and Ming Tsuang Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics at the World Congress on Psychiatric Genetics in Boston.

Dr. Nurnberger is the Joyce and Iver Small Professor of Psychiatry and director of the IU Institute of Psychiatric Research at Indiana University School of Medicine. He also is vice chair for research in the IU Department of Psychiatry and a professor of neurobiology and of medical and molecular genetics.

Dr. Nurnberger’s research specializes in psychiatric genetics. A Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and of the American Psychopathological Association, he has developed methods for the identification of genes important in human behavior and is involved in national and international collaborative efforts to identify genes associated with affective disorders, alcohol dependence and autism. He has a particular interest in studies of adolescents from families with multiple cases of psychiatric illness.

An alumnus of the IU School of Medicine, Dr. Nurnberger also has a doctorate in neural sciences from IU.