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10-02-2012

Clarkson University's Woods Wins German Psychiatry Prize for Autism Research

Clarkson University Research Assistant Professor Alisa Woods of the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science has been awarded the 10th annual Hanse Prize for Psychiatry for her neuropsychiatric research on biomarkers in psychiatry.

Clarkson University Research Assistant Professor Alisa WoodsWoods was the keynote speaker at the 10th annual Hansesymposium: Mental Health Across the Lifespan -- Molecular Biology and Clinical Presentation of Neuropsychological Development last month at the University of Rostock in Germany.

Her talk, “Psychiatric Proteomics: Biomarkers for Neuropsychiatric Disorders,” featured research being conducted in the Laboratory for Proteomics and Biochemistry at Clarkson University in collaboration with Prof. Costel C. Darie, graduate students Izabela Sokolowska and Armand G. Ngounou Wetie, undergraduate student Kelly Wormwood, Prof. Jeanne Ryan of the Department of Psychology at SUNY Plattsburgh, Prof. Johannes Thome of Rostock University, and Prof. Edward Dudley of Swansea University, United Kingdom.

The work includes the identification of biomarkers for autistic spectrum disorder and descriptions of TDF, a new protein found in the central nervous system. Woods' talk was sponsored by the University of Rostock and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Woods received her bachelor of science degree in psychology from SUNY Plattsburgh; her Ph.D. in psychobiology, neurobiology and behavior from University of California, Irvine; and her master of science in mental health counseling from the University of Massachusetts.
 
Read more at http://www.hansesymposium.de/?pg=program and http://www.avh.de .

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