McLean Employee Honored

October 24, 2000 -- Belmont, MA -- McLean Hospital researcher S. Barak Caine, PhD, has been awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers by the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC).

Caine, director of the Neuroscience Program in the Behavioral Science Laboratory at McLean Hospital’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Center, is among a select group of young scientists nationwide to receive the prestigious award.

The NSTC, established by executive order in 1993, is chaired by President William Clinton. The Cabinet-level Council is the principal means for the President to coordinate federally funded science, space, and technology research.

Neal Lane, assistant to the President for Science Technology Policy, presented Caine with the award at a ceremony held today at the White House.

Caine’s investigations look at brain dopamine systems underlying cocaine abuse and such psychiatric disorders as schizophrenia. His research ultimately could render improved treatments for these complex conditions.

"My receipt of this award indicates that in the opinion of the President and the National Science and Technology Council, one priority objective for basic scientific research is to better understand brain mechanisms underlying drug addiction and the development of improved treatment medications for this disease," said Caine. "In the last half century, basic research has led to a better understanding and treatment of many neurological and psychiatric disorders. It is well within our grasp to make important progress on this front for the benefit of those individuals that are afflicted with chronic relapsing drug addition and for their families."

Caine was recently awarded a five-year, $2.4 million grant from National Institute of Drug Abuse, the organization that nominated him for the Presidential Award. He was awarded McLean Hospital’s highest research honor, Alfred Pope Award for Young Investigators, in June 2000.

Caine received his bachelor’s degree in biological basis of behavior at the University of Pennsylvania and his PhD in neurosciences at the University of California-San Diego.