Chair in Psychiatry: Raquel
Raquel Gur, professor of psychiatry
at the School of Medicine, has been
appointed the Karl and Linda Rickels
Professor in Psychiatry.
delighted to be honored in this way," Dr.
Gur said. "This appointment recognizes
the significance of biological studies
in the field of psychiatry, emphasizing
the importance of this field of research
at a crucial time in our exploration of
how the brain works."
Gur is Director of the Neuropsychiatry
Program and Principal Investigator for
Penn's Conte Center for Neuroscience and
Mental Disorders, which is funded by the
National Institutes for Mental Health.
In addition, she heads the clinical Schizophrenia
Unit of the Penn Health System.
established expert in schizophrenia and
gender differences in the brain, Dr. Gur
will hold the Karl and Linda Rickels Chair
for 10 years.
chair Dr. Gur assumes is named for Dr.
Karl Rickels, who is also a Penn psychiatrist,
and his wife, Linda. Dr. Rickels holds
the Stuart and Emily Mudd Professor of
Human Behavior and Reproduction Chair
(Almanac January 25, 1977). He
has endowed two academic chairs in psychiatry
at Penn (Almanac October
5, 1999). The first chair, named for
his father, is held by Dr. Wade Berrettini
have known Dr. Gur since she came to Penn
as a resident (physician), and I've always
been impressed by her clinical acumen,
the warmth of her personality, and the
thoroughness of her research," Dr.
Rickels said. "Dr. Gur has earned
international recognition for her work,
and she is truly a person that I would
like to see younger scientists emulate."
Gur attended Hebrew University of Jerusalem
in her native Israel prior to moving to
Michigan State University, where she earned
her undergraduate degree in science and
went on to obtain her doctorate in psychology.
She also spent a year working on a predoctoral
fellowship at Stanford University. She
came to Penn as a postdoctoral fellow
in psychology in 1974, and stayed to earn
her medical degree in 1980 from the School
Gur is a member of many societies including
the Institute of Medicine, the American
College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and
serves on committees including the International
Congress of Schizophrenia Research, and
the Research Planning Neuroscience Work
Group of the American Psychiatric Association/National
Institutes of Mental Health.
is also an editor and member of the editorial
boards of 10 prestigious scientific journals.
Her editorial positions include: associate
editor of the Schizophrenia Bulletin,
field editor for Neuropsychopharmacology,
and Editorial Board member of The American
Journal of Psychiatry. In addition,
Dr. Gur has been on academic committees
at Penn, including the Committee on Appointments
and Promotion, the Academic Review Committee
and the Research Coordinating Council,
which are all part of the School of Medicine.