School of Medicine

Dr. William Bunney receives prestigious Payne Whitney Award

Dr. William Bunney, Distinguished Professor of psychiatry & human behaviorDr. William Bunney, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior at UC Irvine School of Medicine, has received the prestigious Payne Whitney Award for Extraordinary Public Service from the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University on March 25 and was invited to present the Payne Whitney lecture.

He was honored for his pioneering research in the pathophysiology and treatment of psychiatric disorders; his transformative roles at the NIH; his dedicated service to the Institute of Medicine, the American Psychiatric Association; service as a Past President of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and Past President of the International CINP Society; Site Director of the Pritzker Consortium.

This is the fifth award Bunney has received in the last four years, including two international and three national prizes. In 2011, he was given The Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health from the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences.  Following that, he received the Pioneer Award from the Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum  at their biennial Congress in Stockholm Sweden. The CINP is the largest international organization in Neuropsychopharmacology. 

In 2013, he received the Yale Psychiatry Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. Then in 2014, he received the Paul Hoch Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

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