Congratulations to MSTP Alum, Joshua Gordon, who's been made the newest Director of the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH). Dr. Gordon graduated from the Neuroscience program in 1995, and finished his MD in 1997 before going on to Columbia University for his residency, a research fellowship, and eventually joining the Columbia faculty in 2004.
From the NIH's website:
As NIMH director, Dr. Gordon will oversee the lead federal agency for research on mental illnesses. With an annual budget of approximately $1.5 billion, NIMH supports more than 2,000 research grants and contracts at universities and other institutions across the country and overseas. In addition, the NIMH intramural research program supports approximately 300 scientists working on the NIH campuses. The mission of the NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery and cure.
Dr. Gordon pursued a combined M.D./Ph.D. degree at the University of California, San Francisco. Medical school coursework in psychiatry and neuroscience convinced him that the greatest need, and greatest promise, for biomedical science was in these areas. During his Ph.D. thesis, Dr. Gordon pioneered the methods necessary to study brain plasticity in the mouse visual system.
You can read more over at the NIH website. Congratulations again to Dr. Gordon!