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Faculty & Staff Honors

Columbia: Epidemiologist to Receive International Award from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation

Dr. Alan S. Brown, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and psychiatry will receive the Lieber Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Schizophrenia Research, an international award given by the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF). Established in 1987 by Constance E. Lieber, Foundation President Emerita, and Stephen A. Lieber, currently Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, the prize brings public recognition to the outstanding discoveries being made in schizophrenia research. Dr. Brown will be honored on November 1 at a ceremony held at the Pierre Hotel in New York.

Brown, who is also professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, studies the identification of early antecedents for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, and other psychiatric outcomes.

Dr. Brown is an international leader in birth cohort studies of psychiatric disorders. Among his major findings, he was the first to demonstrate that serologically documented prenatal exposure to influenza, rubella, toxoplasmosis, inflammatory biomarkers, and micronutrient deficiencies are potential risk factors for schizophrenia. Dr. Brown’s research has also revealed a link between low levels of the thyroid hormone thyroxine during pregnancy and risk of schizophrenia in the offspring, and that smoking during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk for schizophrenia in offspring.

Dr. Brown is the recipient of several awards in clinical psychiatric research, including the A.E. Bennett Research Award. He has received numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health, the BBRF, and other funding agencies. He is an author or co-author of over 180 scientific publications.

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