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Inspiring Hope Through Research

2010 NAMI Scientific Research Award Presented to Dr. Robert M. Post, M.D. on December 8, 2010

NAMI and its supporters, colleagues and friends came together on December 8 at a reception to present the NAMI Scientific Research Award to Dr. Robert M. Post for his work in the field of bipolar disorder.  

The reception at the Art & Soul Restaurant in Capitol Hill's Liaison Hotel attracted leading members of the scientific and research communities, academia, members of Congress, political leaders and the corporate sector. Proceeds from the reception will benefit NAMI programs.

The evening celebrated scientific research and the inspiration and hope that this work can lead to. In a special pre-event lecture, Dr. Post provided a behind-the-scenes look at his work. NAMI points with pride to the scientific community's commitment to progress and its continued work which is "Inspiring Hope Through Research."

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Award Recipient: Dr. Robert M. Post, M.D.

NAMI is pleased to announce the selection of Robert M. Post, M.D. as the recipient of the 2010 Mind of America Scientific Award. The Award was presented to Dr. Post at the Reception on Wednesday evening, December 8. He is an adjunct professor in the department of psychiatry at the George Washington School of Medicine and leads the Bipolar Collaborative Network. Throughout his career, he and his group at the NIMH have focused on better understanding and treating patients with treatment-resistant recurrent unipolar and bipolar disorders. He is the author, with Gabriele S. Leverich, of Treatment of Bipolar Illness: A Casebook for Clinicians and Patients. Dr. Post organized and continues to head an international group of investigators in the Bipolar Collaborative Network focused on developing effective long-term treatment approaches to this potentially life-threatening recurrent affective disorder.

A graduate of Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he was a medical intern at the Einstein School of Medicine and psychiatry resident at Massachusetts General Hospital before joining the NIMH, in 1970, where he finished his residency there and at George Washington University. After a clinical fellowship in 1973, he was sequentially promoted to Unit, Section, and Branch Chief in the Biological Psychiatry Branch, NIMH where he worked for 36 years. He is on the editorial boards of more than 10 journals and has published more than 900 scientific manuscripts. He writes a quarterly newsletter–the Bipolar Network News–available on line at