Congratulations to Madison Kirby and Andrew Nelson of the Prechter research team! They both won "Best Poster" awards at this year's Albert J. Silverman Research Conference, a conference that the University of Michigan's Department of Psychiatry hosts every year. Albert Jack Silverman, M.D., C.M., was a noted psychiatrist, neuroscience researcher and former chair of two university psychiatry departments. In 1970, he became chair of psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School. He is credited with redirecting the department's research, education and treatment programs, and leading during a time of great change.
This year's Silverman Conference marked its 30th year, and took place on June 12, 2019. More than 100 posters of different research projects were displayed at the Rachel Upjohn Building, home of the Department of Psychiatry.
Three "best poster awards" were given out: one for best undergrad poster, one for best grad poster, and one for best postdoc/fellow poster. Madison Kirby won best undergrad poster poster and Andrew Nelson won best grad poster.
Madison is a current neuro-psych research assistant within the Prechter team. Her poster was titled "Relationship between burden of psychotropic medications and cognitive performance in a large sample of individuals with bipolar illness."
Andrew works in the Jenkins lab in Pharmacology. His poster was titled "A Loss-of-Function Variant in ANK3 from a Family with Bipolar Disorder Causes Altered Forebrain Circuitry."