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Child Mind Institute Hosts 2022 Virtual ‘On the Shoulders of Giants’ Scientific Symposium and Announces Rising Scientist Scholarships

October 18, 2022

The annual celebration of scientific achievement will highlight the researchers that form the groundwork for future neuroscience discovery

New York, NY – The Child Mind Institute will virtually host its annual On the Shoulders of Giants Scientific Symposium celebrating achievements in child and adolescent psychiatry, psychology, and developmental neuroscience on Thursday, October 20th from 5–8pm EST. The symposium celebrates the spirit of scientific collaboration and stewardship, and highlights seminal contributions to our understanding of the brain and behavior. In addition, the symposium will honor high school students from across the U.S. who show exceptional promise in research areas related to mental health during the 11th annual Rising Scientist Awards.

On the Shoulders of Giants will include a special presentation from the 2022 Child Mind Institute Sarah Gund Prize for Research and Mentorship in Child Mental Health recipient, Dr. Margaret McCarthy, PhD, the James and Carolyn Frenkil Dean’s Professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacology and director for the Program in Neuroscience (PIN) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. McCarthy will present her groundbreaking work on the cellular mechanisms that organize the brain differently depending on sex. She will be joined by two of her proteges, who will also present their work: Dr. Jaclyn Schwarz, associate professor at the University of Delaware, and Dr. Brittany Osborne, postdoctoral fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania. After these presentations, there will be an expert roundtable discussion of sex differences in the brain throughout development.

“We are honored to spotlight the work of Child Mind Institute Sarah Gund Distinguished Scientist Dr. Margaret McCarthy and her proteges on sex differences, brain development, and the underlying causes of mental health disorders,” said Child Mind Institute president Harold S. Koplewicz, MD. “Dr. McCarthy’s meticulous approach and collaborative spirit are the epitome of the scientific ideals we celebrate with On the Shoulders of Giants. And we couldn’t be more thrilled to acknowledge the achievements of the next generation with our 11th annual Child Mind Institute Rising Scientist Awards. This program provides college scholarships to accomplished high school researchers. These awards have never been more competitive, and the quality of work is staggeringly good. We look forward to the day when one of these Rising Scientists is presenting at On the Shoulders of Giants.”

The 2022 Rising Scientist winners are outstanding high school students who have demonstrated exceptional promise in science. Each Rising Scientist is awarded a $2,000 college scholarship. This year’s winners are:

  • Amith Vasantha, BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, San Jose, California
  • Hannah Cho, North Hollywood Senior High School Highly Gifted Magnet, North Hollywood, California
  • Lina Iyer, Novi High School, Novi, Michigan
  • Ty Gelman, John F. Kennedy High School, Bellmore, New York
  • Noémie Durand, BASIS DC, Washington, D.C.

For more information and to register, please visit: https://childmind.org/event/2022-on-the-shoulders-of-giants/

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The Child Mind Institute is dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders by giving them the help they need. We’ve become the leading independent nonprofit in children’s mental health by providing gold-standard evidence-based care, delivering educational resources to millions of families each year, training educators in underserved communities, and developing tomorrow’s breakthrough treatments. Learn more at childmind.org.

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