2023 Research Fund Awardee

SIRS Awards the 2023 Research Fund Award

The Schizophrenia International Research Society (SIRS) has awarded the 2023 Research Fund Award to two individuals:

Awardee #1: Caitlin Ridgewell, M.P.H., Ph.D.
NIH T32 Postdoctoral Scholar
Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorders Program
McLean Hospital

Awardee #2: Kiran Basawaraj Bagali, DPM, DNB in Psychiatry
PhD Scholar and Clinical Research Training Fellow
Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Bengaluru, India

SIRS is committed to directly supporting early career researchers who have important and novel ideas that may have immediate effects on improving the lives of people with schizophrenia. SIRS established a Research Fund Award for this purpose. The award is intended to provide research funds for junior investigators who have an important idea or hypothesis to test but are lacking in research funds to do so.


Professor Cheryl Corcoran

Awards Committee Chair

Support the Research Fund Award

The SIRS Research Fund Award has proven invaluable to supporting the research development of early career researchers. Through past donations, SIRS has provided three research fund awards to junior investigators. The 2019 awardee, Yoji Hirano of Kyushu University in Japan, used an MRI biofeedback method to alleviate auditory hallucinations in patients. The 2020 SIRS Research Fund Award went to Leandro Valiengo from Sao Paolo, Brazil. The funds enabled the use of a unique non-invasive procedure called biophotomodulation in a treatment trial for alleviating the negative symptoms of schizophrenia. The 2021 funds went to Dr. Vuyokazi Ntlantsana from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and were used towards a Brief Relaxation, Education and Trauma Healing (BREATHE) in patients with first episode psychosis and post-traumatic stress disorder. In 2022 the funds went to Dr. Kwun Nam Chan from the University of Hong Kong in China. Now in 2023, the funds were awarded to two individuals, Dr. Caitlin Ridgewell at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA and Kiran Basawaraj Bagali at NIMHANS in Bengaluru, India.

It is estimated that 1 in every 100 people in the world live with schizophrenia. Even more live with psychosis. Now more than ever there is a need for increased research funding for schizophrenia research around the world. Consider supporting early career researchers and junior investigators with project ideas that would improve the lives of people with schizophrenia by donating to the SIRS research award.

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