November 11, 2005

Contact: Luke Frank (505) 272-3679; Jenny Savage (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jan Fawcett, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine (UNM SOM), has been named recipient of the 2005 Falcone Prize for his work in mood disorders. The prestigious award adds a mark of distinction to a career long committed to the understanding and treatment of bipolar disorder and suicide prevention. Fawcett shares the Falcone Prize with Dr. Alan Schatzberg, professor and chairman of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine.

The $50,000 award is sponsored annually by the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD); the largest donor-supported philanthropy organization in the world dedicated to funding scientific research on psychiatric disorders. Fawcett was presented with the award last month during a NARSAD gala in Manhattan .

As a clinician who has specialized in treatment-resistant major affective disorders, Fawcett pioneered the used of complex medications to help patients achieve remission. His ongoing research on factors associated with lethal suicide attempts have led to approaches for their prevention. Before coming to the University of New Mexico , Fawcett served as chair of psychiatry at Chicago 's Rush Medical College for 30 years.

"The Falcone Award is the most prestigious private foundation award given for work in mood disorders," said Samuel Keith, chair, UNM Department of Psychiatry. "Jan Fawcett is clearly the premier clinician research scientist in our country and is a most deserving recipient. He has a unique blend of clinical knowledge, a humanitarian's touch, and the ability to share his skills in teaching that is unmatched."