Alisa Busch and Ao Zhang Receive Alfred Pope Awards

June 1st, 2004

Alisa Busch, MD, MS, assistant psychiatrist in the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Program, and Ao Zhang, PhD, a research fellow in ADARC's Medicinal Chemistry Laboratory, have been named the recipients of the 13th Annual Alfred Pope Award, McLean's highest research honor. Both will discuss their research findings and be presented with the award on Thursday, June 3, during a special Grand Rounds.

Given annually to young investigators who represent the future of psychiatric research, the Alfred Pope Award signifies the hospital's commitment to excellence in discovering causes, better treatments and eventually, cures for psychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases.

Busch will be honored for her paper published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, "The Effect of a Managed Behavioral Health Care Carve-Out on Quality of Care for Medicaid Patients Diagnosed as Having Schizophrenia" (see article). The paper suggests Medicaid patients with schizophrenia whose treatment is managed under a so-called "carve-out" arrangement are less likely to receive some treatments associated with improved outcomes.

Zhang will be recognized for his paper published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry "2-Aminothiazole-derived Opioids: Bioisosteric Replacement of Phenols." In this paper, Zhang reports on the synthesis of a series of compounds that may be valuable for the development of long-acting pain medications and may also have benefits as drug abuse medications.

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