nakazawa001The Department is delighted to announce the recruitment of Kazu Nakazawa, M.D., Ph.D., to the UAB Department of Psychiatry.  He currently serves as Chief of the Unit of the Genetics of Cognition and Behavior Department at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH/NIH), where he has worked for the past ten years.  Dr. Kazu received his medical degree and Ph.D. from Keio University in Tokyo, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the prestigious RIKEN institute in Japan. He next moved to the Picower Center for Learning and Memory at MIT where he was a postdoctoral fellow of Susumu Tonegawa.  He moved to NIH following these postdoctoral fellowships.  His research uses a number of cutting edge research techniques, and has focused on molecular substrates of learning and memory and most recently animal models of major psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia. His laboratory office will be located on 11th floor of the Shelby building. 

The Department welcomes Dr. Kazu to UAB Psychiatry.

Dr. Rachel Fargason Appointed Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Psychiatry

2013319815400.Fargason-Rachel-web The UAB Department of Psychiatry is delighted to announce that Rachel E. Fargason, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, has been appointed to the role of Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs effective January 1, 2015.  In addition to her outstanding service as a clinician, educator, and clinical investigator, over the course of the last two years she has distinguished herself in several key administrative roles.  Initially assuming the role of Medical Director for Outpatient Psychiatry, she more recently became the faculty leader of the Medical Student Clinic held on Tuesday evenings. She then began a transition into higher level clinical leadership and excelled in the role of Director of Psychiatric Clinical Services for the Department of Psychiatry.  We are pleased to recognize Dr. Fargason for her outstanding contributions to our myriad clinical missions and congratulate her on her most recent appointment as one of the departmental Vice Chairs.  


Dr. James Meador-Woodruff Elected to Serve as Member of the ACNP Council

james meador woodruff webThe American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) has elected James H. Meador-Woodruff, MD, Heman E. Drummond Professor and Chair of the UAB Department of Psychiatry to a three year term as a member of its Council starting in December 2014 . The ACNP was founded in 1961 and is the nation's premier professional society in brain, behavior, and psychopharmacology research.  The ACNP promotes communication among a broad range of scientific disciplines of brain and behavior in order to increase our understanding of the causes of disorders of the nervous system.  Dr. Meador-Woodruff was elected to membership in the ACNP in 1995 and was promoted to fellow in 2002.  He served as the Editor in Chief of the ACNP journal Neuropsychopharmacology from 2007-2012.