Morrow honored for research

The Society of Biological Psychiatry’s A.E. Bennett Research Award stimulates international research in biological psychiatry by honoring young investigators for the body of work they have underway. This year’s recipient is Eric Morrow, assistant professor of biology, with appointments in the Department of Molecular Biology, Cellular Biology and Biochemistry and the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. Morrow studies the biology of autism and sees patients at the E.P. Bradley Hospital in East Providence. “Biological psychiatry as a field has a huge challenge,” Morrow said. “How do we understand neuropsychiatric disease at the most fundamental levels — the level of genes, cells, and circuits — in such a way as to inform treatment? The award, which was unexpected, puts me in the company of previous winners: senior colleagues whom I admire for their accomplishments in this challenging field. I believe this is the first time that the award was given to someone who works on developmental disorders. This should bring further attention to this area, which is under-represented.” Morrow will receive the award at this year’s meeting in May in New York.