Jehannine Austin receives Pfizer Psychiatry Research Award

Jehannine Austin, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medical Genetics and a member of the Brain Research Centre, has received an inaugural Psychiatry Research Award from Pfizer Canada.

The $100,000 award will support her research into the effect of genetic counseling on adherence to psychotropic medication in serious mental illness.

“I am truly grateful to have received this prestigious award, as it validates the importance of a research topic I feel passionate about,” says Dr. Austin. “Through this award, I hope to advance knowledge of mental illness and improve outcomes for Canadians and their families.”

The Pfizer Psychiatry Research Awards Program is a competitive research grant program open to all researchers interested in psychiatric diseases including physicians and academics. The program, launched in May 2011, was developed to advance clinical research and patient care in psychiatry by supporting Canadian investigators in their research efforts. Submitted proposals are reviewed by an independent external review committee.