ISPG Honorific Awards

The deadline has now passed to submit an application for an ISPG Honorific Award. Winners will be announced at the 2018 World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics. 

ISPG Honorific Awards

The ISPG Honorific Awards are the Society’s prestigious awards recognizing significant contributions to the field of psychiatric genetics. Awards are available annually but will not be made in absence of work of sufficient merit by nominees. ISPG will honor its awardees at the ISPG awards ceremony during the annual World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics (WCPG). Candidates and/or Nominators may submit during the annual call for nominations. Submission criteria vary, based on the award category.

Ming Tsuang Lifetime Achievement Award

The Ming Tsuang Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a distinguished senior scientist who has made significant and sustained contributions to the advancement of the field of psychiatric genetics. Candidates are not required to be current members of ISPG but must be nominated by a current member of ISPG.

At the time of submission, nominators must provide a rationale for nomination, including a brief description of the nominee’s contributions to the advancement of the field of psychiatric genetics and a current, detailed CV of the nominee.  Unsuccessful submissions will be rolled over for two consecutive years.

Submissions are reviewed by the ISPG Awards Committee. The Awardee is invited to present in the Award plenary session at the Annual World Congress and will receive a trophy award, $1,500 travel stipend and waived registration. The Awardee will also receive lifetime waived registration at the Annual World Congress.

Theodore Reich Young Investigator Award

The Theodore Reich Young Investigator Award is given for published work on psychiatric genetics that is of exceptional merit. Candidates must be generally 40 years or younger on the date of the WCPG for consideration and need not be members of the Society.

At the time of submission, nominees must provide a brief description of their scientific work/achievement and a current, detailed CV, including a brief statement for consideration, if they are beyond 40 years of age.  Eligible unsuccessful submissions will be rolled over for two consecutive years.

Submissions are reviewed by the ISPG Awards Committee. The Awardee is invited to present in the Award plenary session at the Annual World Congress and will receive a trophy award.

Gershon Paper of the Year Award

The Gershon Paper of the Year Award is given to a paper, which has been published and reported on an outstanding achievement in the field of psychiatric genetics in the past year (June, of previous year to the deadline for the award submissions).  The nominator and nominee(s) must be a member of the Society. The first author(s) will receive a certificate at the Annual World Congress.

Submissions are reviewed by the ISPG Awards Committee. At the time of submission, nominators must provide the full citation of the paper and a brief paragraph about the main achievement of the publication.

Richard Todd Award – Genetics of Child Psychiatry

The Richard Todd award is given to a researcher for an outstanding contribution to the genetics of child psychiatry.

The recipient is selected by the Awards Committee, based on abstracts accepted for oral presentation at the World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics. The Awardee will receive a certificate at the Annual World Congress.

Hugh Gurling Memorial Award

The Hugh Gurling Award is given to an investigator from a non-Group A World Bank country, and who resides in such a country at the time of the meeting, for an oral or poster presentation at the WCPG. Finalists selected by the Awards Committee from submitted abstracts will be judged at the WCPG by selected members of the society. The Hugh Gurling Awardee will be announced at the Closing Remarks of the WCPG.

The awardee is invited to submit a manuscript on the presented work to the Society’s nominated journal. After the manuscript has passed peer review, it will be featured in this journal under the byline Hugh Gurling Memorial Award Paper.

Previous Awards:

Previous Lifetime Achievement Award Winners
1993: Seymour S. Kety and George Winokur
1995: Ming T. Tsuang
1997: Irving I. Gottesman
1999: Theodore Reich
2001: Michael Conneally
2002: Jules Angst and Nikki Erlenmeyer-Kimling
2003: C. Robert Cloninger
2004: Peter Propping
2005: NONE
2006: Elliot S. Gershon
2007: Peter McGuffin
2008: Jurg Ott.
2010: Susan E. Folstein
2011: Kenneth Kendler
2012: Raymond Crowe
2013: John Nurnberger
2014: Margaret Pericak-Vance
2015: Michael Owen
2016: J. Raymond DePaulo, Jr.
2017: Pamela Sklar and Marcella Rietschel

Previous Theodore Reich Award Winners
2004: Carol Prescott

2005: Laura Almasy and Nigel Williams
2006: Thomas G. Schulze
2007: Alexander B. Niculescu III
2008: Shaun Purcell
2009: Jonathan Sebat
2010: Elisabeth B. Binder
2011: David Glahn
2012: Danielle Dick
2013: Stephan Ripke
2014: Benjamin Neale
2015: Sarah Medland
2016: Menachem Fromer
2017: Jonathan Mill

Previous Richard Todd Award Winners
2009: Jonathan Sebat

2010: Joseph D. Buxbaum
2011: Danielle Dick
2012: Anke Hinney
2013: Geert Poelmans
2014: Nadine Provencal
2015: Christie Burton
2016: Joseph Buxbaum
2017: Danielle Posthuma

Previous Elliot Gershon Paper of the Year Award Winners
2014: Thomas W. Muhleisen

2015: Michael O’Donovan and Stephen Ripke
2016: Liping Hou, Urs Heilbronner and Franziska Degenhardt
2017: Chi-Hua Chen