WRITER: TANIA KLIVEN
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
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Release: May 18, 1999
UI professor receives national award for psychiatric
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Robert G. Robinson, M.D., University
of Iowa professor and head of the department of psychiatry, has been awarded
the highly prestigious annual American Psychiatric Association (APA) Award
for Research. This is the only research award presented by the APA, which,
with more than 30,000 members, is the largest professional psychiatric association
in the world.
Robinsons more than 20 years of research in neuropsychiatry
include studies on depression that have helped improve patient care. He and
his team were the first to demonstrate that the antidepressant Nortriptyline
is a very effective method of treating depression in patients who have suffered
In other studies, Robinson and colleagues discovered a
significant relationship between the location of brain injury and the severity
and frequency of depressive disorder in patients with stroke. The finding,
which was replicated four times by other investigators yet remains controversial,
recognized that specific areas of the brain seem to play a strategic role
in initiating mood disorders.
Robinson also led a research team that demonstrated, for
the first time, that patients who had a depressive disorder following acute
stroke were 3.5 times more likely to die during the 10 years following the
stroke than patients who had a similar stroke but did not have a depressive
Other honors Robinson has received include the Paul W.
Penningroth Professorship in Psychiatry and election into the John Hopkins
Society of Scholars, which recognizes distinguished alumni of Hopkins who
have made major contributions to business, science or the arts.
The APA award was presented to Robinson May 17 during
the convocation ceremony at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric
Association in Washington, D.C.