Yogesh Dwivedi

University of Alabama at Birmingham Prof. Yogesh Dwivedi has been named the chair of the National Institute of Health's Pathophysiological Basis of Mental Disorders and Addictions Study Section. “Mental health in general, particularly mood disorders and suicide, is a major public health concern,” said the Indian American psychiatrist. (UAB.edu photo)

The University of Alabama at Birmingham recently announced that UAB Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology endowed Prof. Yogesh Dwivedi was appointed as the chair of the National Institutes of Health’s Pathophysiological Basis of Mental Disorders and Addictions Study Section, Center for Scientific Review.

“The study section thoroughly reviews the applications and discusses in depth — the rigor, authenticity, and usefulness in moving the field of research forward significantly,” Dwivedi, who will serve through June 2019, said in a news release.

The study section addresses the pathophysiology of a broad range of psychiatric, addictive and neurological disorders and the biological systems that mediate cognitive, behavioral, emotional, social and learning abnormalities, according to the UAB report.

It comprises 17 members who hold either a professor or an associate professor rank from universities across the United States, it added.

Additionally, the study section reviews grant applications submitted to the NIH that seek funding to examine the molecular or neurobiological basis of mental disorders and addiction, makes recommendations on the applications to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board, and surveys the status of research in the field, the report added.

UAB said in its report that the study section will allow for Dwivedi to gather and provide inputs that will facilitate his area of research.

“Mental health in general, particularly mood disorders and suicide, is a major public health concern,” Dwivedi said in the report. “There is a tremendous need, not only to find the pathophysiological basis of these disorders, but also to discover novel targets that can be used to develop new drugs for effective treatments.”

NIH study section chairs are selected on the basis of demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors.

Dwivedi earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh and his doctorate from the Central Drug Research Institute in Lucknow.

He would later serve as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute and the University of Illinois in Chicago, then serving as a faculty member at UIC’s Department of Psychiatry.

Dwivedi was appointed as the director of translational neuroscience in UAB’s Department of Psychiatry mood disorders program and a professor of psychiatry in 2013.

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