Barch, Ley, Boime to be honored

Deanna Barch, a leading researcher on the role of cognition, emotion and brain function in illnesses such as schizophrenia and depression;  and Timothy Ley, MD, an expert in cancer genomics and leukemia, will receive Washington University in St. Louis’ 2016 faculty achievement awards, Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton has announced.

Irving Boime, a professor of developmental biology and of obstetrics and gynecology in the School of Medicine, also will receive the Chancellor’s Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This award goes to a faculty member selected by the chancellor for special and significant contributions in innovation and entrepreneurship.

Barch, chair of the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences in Arts & Sciences and the Gregory B. Couch Professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine, will receive the Arthur Holly Compton Faculty Achievement Award.

Ley, the Lewis T. and Rosalind B. Apple Professor of Medicine and chief of the Section of Stem Cell Biology in the Division of Oncology, will receive the Carl and Gerty Cori Faculty Achievement Award.

“These faculty achievement awards are intended to build bridges between the Danforth Campus and our School of Medicine Campus,” Wrighton said. “As distinguished scholars and as members of the Washington University faculty, professors Barch and Ley embody the ideals of individual and collaborative excellence. Their work has done much to strengthen interdisciplinary scholarship among our campuses. I am extremely pleased to recognize their achievements with these awards. These awards are very significant because faculty peers select the honorees from a group of nominees from the faculty.”

Barch, Boime and Ley will be recognized at an awards ceremony Oct. 14. Barch and Ley also will make presentations on their scholarly work at the ceremony.

Deanna Barch

Barch’s research focuses on determining the cognitive, emotional and neural bases of risk for the development of serious mood disorders and other mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and substance dependence.

Working with students pursuing integrated training in psychology, neuroscience and biomedical engineering, she directs a multidisciplinary approach to the study of psychiatric disorders.

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