McLEAN IN THE NEWS

Rebecca Ralph Receives Alfred Pope Award

June 30th, 2005

Rebecca Ralph, Ph.D., a post-doctoral fellow in the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Center, has been named the recipients of the 14th Annual Alfred Pope Award for Young Investigators, McLean's highest research honor. She presented her research findings and was presented with the award on Thursday, June 2, 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. Dr. Ralph was honored for her paper published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, "Dopamine D1 and D2 agonist effectsof prepulse inhibition and locomotion: comparison of Sprague-Dawley rats to Swiss-Webster, 129XI/SvJ, C57BL/6J and DBA/2J mice."

Ralph earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego, and joined the McLean staff in 2001 as a post-doctoral fellow in the Behavioral Genetics Laboratory in the MRC. In 2002, she moved to the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Center where she has since been working in the Neuroscience Program with Barak Caine, Ph.D.

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