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Fiedorowicz to Receive Prestigious Klerman Prize


Jess Fiedorowicz, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Epidemiology, and Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa, has been selected as a recipient of the prestigious 2012 Gerald R. Klerman Prize, which is awarded each year to a young investigator who demonstrates outstanding clinical research achievement by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, the leading non-governmental funder in psychiatry.

A psychiatrist specializing in mood and anxiety disorders, Fiedorowicz does research focused on the primary causes of excess mortality in bipolar disorder; how risk develops in bipolar disorder; and suicide and vascular disease.

Fiedorowicz was selected for the Klerman Prize from a pool of awardees who are recipients of the Young Investigator Grants given by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. He received such a grant in 2008 for a project investigating the impact of both mood symptoms and exposure to medications on the vascular health of people with mood disorders. From his work, he found those with more chronic symptoms of mania had worse blood vessel function.

This is the second year in a row that a UI Department of Psychiatry faculty member has been selected for the Klerman Prize. Last year, Chadi Calarge, MD, received the award for his research on the effects of psychiatric medications used to treat children and adolescents, and how these drugs can be made safer and more effective.

The awards ceremony will be held Friday, July 27 in New York City.