December 29, 2004
Dwight L. Evans, MD, Earns the
for Research in Mood Disorders from the
American College of Psychiatrists
PA) -- Dwight L. Evans, MD, the Ruth
Meltzer Professor and Chairman of the Department of
Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania
School of Medicine, has earned the 2004 Award
for Research in Mood Disorders from the American College
of Psychiatrists. This award - which honors an individual
or individual whose group has made major contributions
to the understanding and treatment of mood disorders
- is presented annually. Dr. Evans was chosen from among
those scholars and scientific investigators who have
displayed excellence in research and who are devoted
to assisting people suffering from mood disorders.
Mood disorders encompass those psychiatric disorders
in which a disturbance of mood is the predominant feature,
including depressive, dysthymic and bipolar disorders.
These disorders affect millions of people throughout
the world, can be life threatening, and result in considerable
suffering and disability.
According to Dr. Evans, “Depression has become
the number one cause of disability within Western Europe
and North America. In the United States, approximately
20 million people suffer from serious depression and
close to one million people attempt suicide each year.
In this country, a person dies from suicide every 18
minutes, over 30,000 deaths each year. Further research
is critical to address this worldwide public health
The award, which was first given in 1998, will be presented
at The College’s Annual Meeting in February 2005.
Dr. Evans will present a featured lecture summarizing
his work. The American College of Psychiatrists is a
non-profit honorary association of psychiatrists who,
through excellence in their chosen fields, have been
recognized for their significant contributions to the
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