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SIRS Honorific Awards

Each year, the Society recognizes individuals in the field of schizophrenia research. The individual and nominator must be current SIRS members. The nomination period is typically August-November each year. Award winners are notified in January. Awardees receive waived registration to the Congress on the year of their award and meeting attendance is required. The awards are presented during the opening ceremony at the SIRS Congress. Click on the award below to view the award details and submission requirements.

Basic Research Award (Established 2012)

The Society will recognize a SIRS member for an outstanding basic research contribution to schizophrenia research. The contribution may be preclinical or work which emphasizes the interface between basic and clinical research. The selection of the award recipient is based on the quality of the contribution(s) and its impact in advancing schizophrenia research.

The applicant may submit to multiple awards for consideration. If selected, applicants will only be eligible to receive one award.

Requirements for the award include:

  • Individual and nominator (if one) must be current SIRS members. Self-nominations are accepted.
  • In order to be eligible, the individual must have made a significant contribution to basic schizophrenia research.
  • Nomination of women and minorities is highly encouraged.
  • Previous winners of the award, Award Committee members and Officers of the Society are not eligible.

Award recipient will receive:

  • Waived registration fee to the award year meeting.
  • The awardee will also receive recognition at the meeting during one of the plenary sessions.

Award recipient will be asked to contribute the following:

  • In collaboration with the SIRS Communications Committee, write a 500-800 word blog post about their research for the SIRS website.

The nomination or self-nomination should include:

  1. Letter of recommendation or statement that is no more than one page in length. The letter or statement should describe the nominee’s contributions to the field and a single discovery or a cumulative body of work.
  1. The curriculum vitae of the candidate.
  1. Submit in a separate document the TITLES and URL Links of three-to-five relevant papers representing the nominee’s contribution(s) to basic schizophrenia research. Note with an asterisk the paper considered to be the most relevant for the application.

Individuals who have received the Basic Research Award are:

2021: Sergiu Pasca, M.D.
2020: Not awarded
2019 Winner: Brian Dean, Ph.D.
2018 Winner:  Kim Do, D. Sci.
2016 Winner:  Anthony Grace, Ph.D.
2014 Winner: Akira Sawa, M.D., Ph.D
2012 Winner: John Waddington, Ph.D.

Distinguished Service Award (Established in 2014)

The Society will recognize a member who has provided extraordinary service to the Schizophrenia International Research Society. This service should be through significant contributions to the society.

The applicant may submit to multiple awards for consideration. If selected, applicants will only be eligible to receive one award.

Requirements for the award include:

  • Individual and nominator (if one) must be current SIRS members. Self-nominations are accepted.
  • Nomination of women and minorities is highly encouraged.
  • Previous winners of the award, Award Committee members and Officers of the Society are not eligible.

Award recipient will receive:

  • Waived registration fee to the award year meeting.
  • The awardee will also receive recognition at the meeting during one of the plenary sessions.

Award recipient will be asked to contribute the following:

  • In collaboration with the SIRS Communications Committee, write a 500-800 word blog post about their research for the SIRS website.

The nomination should include:

  1. Letter of recommendation or statement that is no more than one page in length. The letter or statement should describe the nominee’s contributions to the field and a statement about their contributions to the Society.
  1. The curriculum vitae of the candidate.

Individuals who have received the Distinguished Service Award are:

2021: Not Awarded
2020: Not awarded
2019: Jean Addington, Ph.D. and John Kane, M.D.
2014:  Lynn E. DeLisi, M.D. and Henry A. Nasrallah, M.D.

Lifetime Achievement Award (Established in 2016)

The Lifetime Achievement Award is SIRS most prestigious award, given to a scientist who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of the field of schizophrenia research. This individual will have:
– an established history in schizophrenia research
– exhibited leadership and provided mentoring to young investigators
– positively impacted the field of schizophrenia research

The applicant may submit to multiple awards for consideration. If selected, applicants will only be eligible to receive one award.

 Requirements for the award include:

  • Individual and nominator (if one) must be current SIRS members.  Self-nominations are accepted.
  • In order to be eligible, the individual must have an established history in schizophrenia research, have exhibited leadership and provided mentoring to young investigators, positively impacted the field of schizophrenia research, and be a current SIRS Member.
  • The nominee should be at the end of their career in schizophrenia research
  • Nomination of women and minorities is highly encouraged.
  • Previous winners of the award, Award Committee members and Officers of the Society are not eligible.

Award recipient will receive:

  • Waived registration fee to the award year meeting.
  • The awardee will also receive recognition at the meeting during one of the plenary sessions.

Award recipient will be asked to contribute the following:
In collaboration with the SIRS Communications Committee, write a 500-800 word blog post about their research for the SIRS website.

The nomination or self-nomination should include:

  1. Up to three (3) letters of recommendation that are each no more than one page in length. The letters should describe a justification for why the nominee should receive the award and describe their overarching contributions to the field.
  1. The curriculum vitae of the candidate.

Individuals who have received the Lifetime Achievement Award are:

2021: E. Fuller Torrey, M.D.
2020: Robin Murray, FMedSci, FRS
2019: William Carpenter, M.D.
2018:  Patrick McGorry, M.D.
2016:  Herbert Meltzer, M.D

Outstanding Clinical and Community Research Award (Established in 2012)

The Society will recognize a SIRS member for an outstanding clinical/community contribution to schizophrenia research.  The contribution may be based on a single discovery or a cumulative body of work. The selection of the award recipient is based on the quality of the contribution(s) and its impact in advancing schizophrenia research.

The applicant may submit to multiple awards for consideration. If selected, applicants will only be eligible to receive one award.

Requirements for the award include:

  • Individual and nominator (if one) must be current SIRS members. Self-nominations are accepted.
  • In order to be eligible, the individual must have made a significant contribution to clinical schizophrenia research.
  • Nomination of women and minorities is highly encouraged.
  • Previous winners of the award, Award Committee members and Officers of the Society are not eligible.

Award recipient will receive:

  • Waived registration fee to the award year meeting.
  • The awardee will also receive recognition at the meeting during one of the plenary sessions.

Award recipient will be asked to contribute the following:

  • In collaboration with the SIRS Communications Committee, write a 500-800 word blog post about their research for the SIRS website.

The nomination or self-nomination should include:

  1. Letter of recommendation or statement that is no more than one page in length. The letter or statement should describe the nominee’s contributions to the field.
  1. The curriculum vitae of the candidate.
  1. Submit in a separate document the TITLES and URL Links of three-to-five relevant papers representing the nominee’s contribution(s) to clinical/community in schizophrenia research. Note with an asterisk the paper considered to be the most relevant for the application.

Individuals who have received the SIRS Outstanding Clinical/Community Research Award are:

2021 Winner: Mary Cannon FRCPsy, M.D.
2020 Winner: Thara Rangaswamy, FRCPsych
2019 Winner: Keith Nuechterlein, Ph.D.
2018 Winner:  Ashok Malla, FRCPC
2016 Winner:  Larry Seidman, Ph.D.
2014 Winner: Michael Foster Green, Ph.D
2012 Winner: Philip D. Harvey, Ph. D.

Translational Research Award (Established 2019)

The Society will recognize a SIRS member for an outstanding translational research contribution to schizophrenia research. The contribution may be based on a single discovery or a cumulative body of work which has translational impact. The selection of the award recipient is based on the quality of the contribution(s) and its impact in advancing schizophrenia research.

The applicant may submit to multiple awards for consideration. If selected, applicants will only be eligible to receive one award.

Requirements for the award include:

  • Individual and nominator (if one) must be current SIRS members. Self-nominations are accepted.
  • In order to be eligible, the individual must have made a significant contribution to translational schizophrenia research.
  • Nomination of women and minorities is highly encouraged.
  • Previous winners of the award, Award Committee members and Officers of the Society are not eligible.

Award recipient will receive:

  • Waived registration fee to the award year meeting.
  • The awardee will also receive recognition at the meeting during one of the plenary sessions.

Award recipient will be asked to contribute the following:

  • In collaboration with the SIRS Communications Committee, write a 500-800 word blog post about their research for the SIRS website.

The nomination or self-nomination should include:

  1. Letter of recommendation or statement that is no more than one page in length. The letter or statement should describe the nominee’s contributions to the field and a single discovery or a cumulative body of work.
  1. The curriculum vitae of the candidate.
  1. Submit in a separate document the TITLES and URL Links of three-to-five relevant papers representing the nominee’s contribution(s) to translational schizophrenia research. Note with an asterisk the paper considered to be the most relevant for the application.

Individuals who have received the SIRS Translational Research Award are:

2021 Winner: Cynthia Shannon Weickert, Ph.D. and Vince Calhoun, Ph.D.
2020 Winner: Alison Yung, M.D.
2019 Winner:  Raquel Gur, M.D., Ph.D. and Ruben Gur, Ph.D.

 

Research Excellence Award (Established 2020)

The Society will recognize a mid-career researcher below full professor status who has shown exceptional research in the field of schizophrenia research and promising research trajectory.

The applicant may submit to multiple awards for consideration. If selected, applicants will only be eligible to receive one award.

Requirements for the award include:

  • Individual and nominator (if one) must be current SIRS members.  Self-nominations are accepted.
  • In order to be eligible, the individual must have made a significant contribution to schizophrenia research.
  • Nomination of women and minorities is highly encouraged.
  • Previous winners of the award, Award Committee members and Officers of the Society are not eligible.

Award recipient will receive:

  • Waived registration fee to the award year meeting.
  • The awardee will also receive recognition at the meeting during one of the plenary sessions.

Award recipient will be asked to contribute the following:

  • In collaboration with the SIRS Communications Committee, write a 500-800 word blog post about their research for the SIRS website.

The nomination or self-nomination should include:

  1. Letter of recommendation from a SIRS member that is no more than one page in length. The letter or statement should describe the nominee’s contributions to the field and anticipated trajectory.
  1. The curriculum vitae of the candidate.
  1. A personal statement including career goals (max. 250 words).
  1. An optional statement explaining any career breaks.
  1. Abstract submission for presentation at the upcoming Congress.

Individuals who have received the Research Excellence Award are:

2021 Winner: Margaret Niznikiewicz, Ph.D.
2020: Emmanuelle Peters, Ph.D.

Rising Star Award (Established in 2012)

The Society will recognize an early career researcher who is less than 40 years of age by April 2022 or within five years post-doc of their terminal degree taking into account career breaks.  The researcher should show exceptional research in the field of schizophrenia and promising research trajectory.

The applicant may submit to multiple awards for consideration. If selected, applicants will only be eligible to receive one award.

Requirements for the award include:

  • Individual and nominator (if one) must be current SIRS members.  Self-nominations are accepted.
  • In order to be eligible, the individual must have made a significant contribution to schizophrenia research.
  • Nomination of women and minorities is highly encouraged.
  • Previous winners of the award, Award Committee members and Officers of the Society are not eligible.

Award recipient will receive:

  • Waived registration fee to the award year meeting.
  • Waived membership for one year to the Society.
  • The awardee will also receive recognition at the meeting during one of the plenary sessions.

Award recipient will be asked to contribute the following:

  • In collaboration with the SIRS Communications Committee, write a 500-800 word blog post about their research for the SIRS website.

The nomination or self-nomination should include:

  1. Letter of recommendation from a SIRS member that is no more than one page in length. The letter or statement should describe the nominee’s contributions to the field and anticipated trajectory.
  1. The curriculum vitae of the candidate.
  1. A personal statement including career goals (max. 250 words).
  1. An optional statement explaining any career breaks.
  1. Abstract submission for presentation at the upcoming Congress.

Individuals who have received the SIRS Rising Star Award are:

2021 Winner: Katharine Thakkar, Ph.D.
2020 Winner: Greg Strauss, Ph.D.
2019 Winners: Gemma Modinos, Ph.D., Panos Roussos, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., and Jared Young, Ph.D.
2018 Winner:  Lena Palaniyappan, M.D.
2016 Winners:  Aristotle Voineskos, FRCP(C),M.D., Ph.D. and Alan Anticevic, Ph.D.
2014 Winner: Oliver Howes, BM, BCh, MA, MRCPsych, Ph.D., D.M.
2012 Winner: Paolo Fusar Poli, Ph.D.

Global Schizophrenia Award (Established 2019)

The Global Schizophrenia Award is to support a SIRS member in a low and middle income country to attend the annual SIRS congress. The intent of the award is to widen diversity and to bring a member from under-represented countries to a state-of-the-art meeting to establish collaborations with other SIRS members.

The applicant may submit to multiple awards for consideration. If selected, applicants will only be eligible to receive one award.

Requirements for the award include:

    • Individual and nominator (if one) must be current SIRS members. Self-nominations are accepted.
    • Those applying or nominating a member for this award should provide a justification for why the nominee should receive the award and how it will benefit the nominee.
    • The awardee must be a SIRS member and presently residing and employed within a country within the World Bank Country Category groups upper-middle, lower-middle, and low. The World Bank classifies the world’s economies into four income groups — high, upper-middle, lower-middle, and low. They base this assignment on Gross National Income (GNI) per capita (current US$) calculated using the Atlas method. The classification is updated each year on July 1st. Click here to see the countries in groups upper-middle, lower-middle, and low.
    • Applicants are asked to indicate the nominee meets the ALL eligibility criteria.
    • Nomination of women and minorities is highly encouraged.
    • Previous winners of the award, Award Committee members and Officers of the Society are not eligible.

Award recipient will receive:

    • Waived registration fee to the virtual 2021 Congress.
    • Waived registration fee, hotel stay for up to 5 nights and coach/economy airfare (round trip) be paid by SIRS for the 2022 Congress in Florence, Italy.
    • The awardee will also receive recognition at the meeting during one of the plenary sessions.

Award recipient will be asked to contribute the following:

  • In collaboration with the SIRS Communications Committee, write a 500-800 word blog post about their research for the SIRS website.

The nomination or self-nomination should include:

  1. A nominating statement no more than one page in length. This statement should describe a justification for why the nominee should receive the award and how it will benefit the nominee.
  2. The curriculum vitae of the candidate.

Individuals who have received the Global Schizophrenia Award are:

  • 2021 Winner: Raymond Chan, Ph.D.
  • 2020 Winner: Felipe Gomes, Ph.D.
  • 2019 Winners: Alexandre Loch, M.D., Ph.D. & Alexandra Zugno, Ph.D., Pharm.D.

 

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