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June 17, 2002

Dwight L. Evans, MD, Appointed to the NIH Board of Scientific Counselors

(Philadelphia, PA) -- Dwight L. Evans, MD, Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, and Neuroscience, has been named a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), an honor and responsibility reserved for the nation's most prominent researchers.

Members of the Board of Scientific Counselors are responsible for reviewing and assessing the quality of laboratory and clinical studies conducted by the NIH, as part of its Intramural Research Program. Their responsibilities include providing advice for the scientific direction, administration and long-term goals of each research project; assessing the progress of each project's lead investigator; and making recommendations regarding the allocation of federal research funds.

Evans completed his residency and fellowship programs at the University of North Carolina where he rose to Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine and Associate Director of the NIMH Clinical Research Center. He then moved to the University of Florida where he served as Chair of Psychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, and Neuroscience. He is known internationally for his research on the neurobiology and treatment of depression. He is a frequent consultant to NIMH and served as Chair of the AIDS/Immunology Research Review Committee.

Evans joined the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1997 as Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry. Under his leadership, the Department has risen to number two nationally among all departments of psychiatry for NIH research funding.
The education and training programs have national prominence, and the clinical programs at HUP are ranked number one for best and preferred Delaware Valley Hospitals for psychiatry, in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In addition, psychiatry is one of the 15 medical specialties which were selected for exceptional performance, leading to HUP's designation as an honor roll hospital by U.S. News & World Report.

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