It's hard not to crow about this one. Nephew James Murrough has just been named assistant professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. James's career is quite astonishing at such a young age -- and he's doing unique work in the field of psychopharmacology of mood disorders. For such a Phish fan, it's a noble pursuit. So unbelievably proud of him - and I have a hundred pictures of him from a very young age on that I'll refrain from posting in tribute to his professionalism, opting instead for this one from the Mount Sinai site. Here's an excerpt from the announcement:
We are pleased to announce that Dr. James Murrough has been appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry as of July 1, 2011. In this capacity Dr. Murrough will conduct cutting-edge clinical trials and neuroimaging research in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program (MAP) under the direction of Dan Iosifescu, M.D.; he will also be seeing patients in the FPA with a focus on psychopharmacology of mood disorders. In parallel, Dr. Murrough has received a secondary appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroscience and has been named a member of the Mount Sinai Friedman Brain Institute.
Dr. Murrough completed his undergraduate studies at Emory University in Atlanta, GA where he earned a B.S. in neuroscience and behavioral biology. He completed a 1-year NIMH-supported research training program in cognitive neuroimaging at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York prior to obtaining his M.D. from Tufts University Medical School in Boston.
Dr. Murrough joined Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 2005 for residency training in psychiatry, where he subsequently excelled in both clinical care and research. Dr. Murrough became the first psychiatry resident to participate in a specialized physician-scientist research track and now serves as a mentor to current psychiatry research-track residents. Following completion of his residency in 2009, he was awarded the MSSM-AstraZeneca Research Fellowship in Experimental Therapeutics and Clinical Neuroscience of Mood Disorders. For the past two years Dr. Murrough was a research fellow in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program under the mentorship of Drs. Dennis Charney, Dan Iosifescu, Alex Neumeister and others.
Dr. Murrough’s research focuses on biomarker and novel pharmacotherapy discovery in mood disorders with an emphasis on MR imaging and PET technologies to characterize brain systems that regulate emotion and the impact of therapeutics on these systems. Dr. Murrough has been very productive during his fellowship, publishing multiple articles in prestigious peer-reviewed scientific journals, including Nature Medicine, Archives of General Psychiatry, the American Journal of Psychiatry, and Biological Psychiatry. Dr. Murrough has received independent research funding from NARSAD, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the NIH CTSA-supported KL2 Scholars Program.
...Dr. Murrough will continue to develop clinical and translational projects in mood disorders that cut across traditional boundaries in psychiatry and neuroscience in an effort to identify mechanisms of disease and novel therapeutic interventions that are urgently needed for...patients.