Dr. Sophia Frangou, professor and UBC President’s Excellence Chair in Brain Health, has been awarded the prestigious 2019 Colvin Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Mood Disorders Research.
The prize recognizes Dr. Frangou’s impactful research, which has greatly advanced the understanding of the pathophysiology of bipolar disorder, particularly in relation to genetic and familial risk.
She has made groundbreaking contributions to the characterization of brain mechanisms of resilience in those at high familial risk for bipolar disorder.
“Professor Frangou, you make us so very proud to have you as a member of our faculty,” said UBC president Santa Ono.
The Colvin Prize was established in 1993 and was formerly known under the successive titles of the Selo Prize, Falcone Prize and Bipolar Mood Disorder Prize. The prize was renamed in 2012 in honor of the late Oliver D. Colvin, Jr., a great benefactor of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation who left the largest single contribution in the Foundation’s history. This prize carries an award of $50,000 and the winners are honored at an international dinner held each year.
Previous Colvin Prize winners from the department of psychiatry include Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, professor and department head, who was recognized in 2018. Dr. Frangou accepted her prize at the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation International Awards Dinner in New York City on Nov. 1, 2019.
Save the Date: Dr. Frangou’s President’s Excellence Chair in Brain Health Lecture will take place on Tuesday Dec. 17 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. Dr. Frangou will be presenting on “Brain Mechanisms of Resilience to Psychopathology.”
A version of this story originally appeared on the Department of Psychiatry website here.
Professor Frangou, you make us so very proud to have you as a member of our faculty. https://t.co/KPp69Qi9gp
— Santa J. Ono (@ubcprez) November 8, 2019