Lorraine Drapek, RN, MS, OCN, of MGH Radiation Oncology, has been awarded the MGH Cancer Center's 2008 Oncology Nursing Career Development Award, which is presented annually to a nurse who demonstrates excellence in delivering care to cancer patients, serves as a role model and is committed to professional development. The $1,000 award is funded by the Friends of the MGH Cancer Center, a volunteer organization dedicated to providing comfort, support, education and amenities for patients, families and friends.
Seven MGH researchers have been selected to receive a 2008 Young Investigator Award from NARSAD, a nonprofit organization dedicated to mental health research. Each winner will receive a two-year grant worth $60,000 for research on psychiatric disorders. The MGH honorees and their areas of research are: Amy Farabaugh, PhD, responses to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in major depressive disorders; Daphne Holt, MD, PhD, paranoid schizophrenia and its associated biological processes within specific brain regions; Mohammed Milad, PhD, functional magnetic resonance imaging studies of post-traumatic stress disorder; Mireya Nadal-Vicens, MD, PhD, fruit fly models of psychiatric disease; Roberto Sassi, MD, PhD, functional magnetic resonance imaging of pediatric bipolar disorder; Tatiana Sitnikova, PhD, the role of genetic and neural dysfunctions in real-world cognition in schizophrenia; and Jennifer Stone, PhD, a genome-wide search for genes contributing to schizophrenia.