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Reus to Receive Vestermark Psychiatry Educator Award

Victor Reus

Victor I. Reus, MD, professor of psychiatry in the UCSF School of Medicine, has been selected as the recipient of the 2009 American Psychiatric Association and National Institute of Mental Health (APA/NIMH) Vestermark Psychiatry Educator Award. The award, established in 1969 and jointly sponsored by the APA and NIMH, is given for outstanding contributions to the education and development of psychiatrists, and for excellence, leadership and creativity in the field of psychiatric education. Reus will receive the award after delivering the Seymour Vestermark Memorial Lecture in October 2009. Reus is an investigator in the Center for Neurobiology and Psychiatry and the Center for Pharmacogenomics. He is a former medical director of Langley Porter Hospital and is currently the principal investigator of an NIMH-sponsored grant, “Training the Next Generation of Mental Health Researchers,” as well as principal investigator or co-investigator of a number of research grants focused on the genetics of bipolar disorder, the pharmacogenetics of antidepressant treatment, the behavioral effects of neurosteroids and the pharmacology of smoking cessation. Reus has published more than 215 peer-reviewed papers and chapters, and has received the Warren Barlow Smith Award from the West Coast College of Biological Psychiatry and the J. Elliott Royer Award from the UC Regents. Reus is a director of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the current chair of the Psychiatry Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and a former president of the West Coast College of Biological Psychiatry, and has been listed in successive editions of the Best Doctors in America database and America’s Top Doctors. In addition to his research and educational activities at UCSF, Reus also serves as chair of the UCSF Institutional Review Board on the Parnassus campus, and is actively involved in identification and oversight of ethical issues in human medical research.