Current Opinion in Psychiatry was launched in 1988. It is one of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The field of psychiatry is divided into 13 sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce one of the Journal's Section Editors for this issue.
Francine M. Benes, MD, PhD
Dr. Benes is Professor of Psychiatry (Neuroscience) and an Affiliate of the Program in Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School. She received her bachelor's degree from St. John's University in New York and in 1972 completed a PhD in Cell Biology at Yale School of Medicine. She received postdoctoral training in single cell neurochemistry at the City of Hope National Medical Center in California and later in the Section of Cell Biology at Yale where she studied the release and reformation of synaptic vesicles in frog neuromuscular junction. In 1975, she began medical training at Yale and, after graduating in 1978, she completed her psychiatry residency at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School. In the past 20 years, Dr. Benes’ work has been systematically identifying specific ways in which the neural elements related to the glutamate, GABA and dopamine systems are anomalous in the limbic lobe of schizophrenics and bipolars.
Dr. Benes is currently Professor of Psychiatry (Neuroscience) at Harvard Medical School and directs the Program in Structural and Molecular Neuroscience at McLean Hospital. Dr. Benes has served on the Editorial Boards of many neuroscience and psychiatry journals and has been invited to speak at many international meetings. In 1997, she was invited to present her work at a Nobel Symposium on Schizophrenia that was held at the Karolinska University in Stockholm, Sweden. She has been the recipient of a MERIT Award from the NIMH and, most recently, the Lieber Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Schizophrenia Research from the National Association for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression.
Dr. Benes was recently elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science in the US.© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.