Sohal to receive 2021 A.E. Bennett Basic Research Award

UC San Francisco psychiatrist and neuroscientist Vikaas Sohal, MD, PhD, has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 A.E. Bennett Basic Research Award by the Society of Biological Psychiatry. He will be presented with the award, given annually in recognition of superb international research in biological psychiatry by young investigators, during the society's virtual annual meeting later this spring. 

Sohal is an associate professor and deputy vice chair for research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, as well as a member of the UCSF Dolby Family Center for Mood Disorders, UCSF Neuroscience Graduate Program, and the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences. Since coming to UCSF in 2010, his lab has studied emergent patterns of activity in the brain and their contributions to information processing and behavior in normal cognition and psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, autism, anxiety, and depression.

The Society of Biological Psychiatry was founded in 1945 to emphasize the medical and scientific study and treatment of mental disorders. Its purpose is to foster scientific research and education and to raise the level of knowledge and comprehension in the field of psychiatry. It is the oldest neuropsychiatry research society in America, currently made up of over 1,500 members from across United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Members do research in areas spanning from basic cellular studies to clinical trials and prevention research.

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