Carlezon Wins NTSC Presidential Early Career Award

June 1st, 2004

William Carlezon, Ph.D., director of the Mailman Research Center's Behavioral Genetics Laboratory, has been awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers by the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) during a recent White House ceremony. The Presidential Awards are intended to recognize "the finest scientists and engineers who, while early in their research careers, show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge during the twenty-first century. The Presidential Award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers."

Carlezon is among a select group of young scientists nationwide to receive the prestigious award. He presently has two funded research grants from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the NIH Institute that nominated him. Carlezon specializes in research that establishes causal relationships between brain biochemistry and behavior, specifically focusing on depression and addiction.

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