Biological Psychiatry Laboratory, Hadassah – Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem.

Bernard Lerer is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Biological Psychiatry Laboratory at Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel since 1990 and Head of Hadassah BrainLabs - National Knowledge Center for Research on Brain Disorders. Prof. Lerer was educated at the University of Cape Town, Hadassah and Herzog Hospitals in Jerusalem and Lafayette Clinic, Wayne State University, Detroit. His main research interests are the molecular genetic basis of major psychiatric disorders, pharmacogenetics and the neurochemical mechanisms of action of antidepressants, mood stabilizers and brain stimulation. Prof. Lerer served as Director of the National Institute for Psychobiology in Israel (NIPI) from 1994-2002 and Founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology (1998-2008). He was a founder and past-President of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry. He has received the A.E. Bennet Award of the US Society for Biological Psychiatry, the Werner Kalow Award for Personalised Medicine, the Distinguished Mentor Award of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Israel Psychiatric Association and has been a Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology since 1996. He has extensive international research collaborations and has been Visiting Professor at the Universities of Cape Town, Copenhagen, Hiroshima and Miami. He has received research support from the National Institutes of Health, the European Union, the Israel Science Foundation and the Israel Ministries of Health, Science and Economics. Prof. Lerer has published over 350 papers in peer reviewed journals as well as book chapters and four books and holds patents in the fields of pharmacogenetics and psychopharmacology.


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