Lee to receive AACAP Pilot Research Award

By Nicholas Roznovsky

UC San Francisco faculty member Chuan-Mei Lee, MD, MA, has been selected by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) to receive the group's 2019 Pilot Research Award for Junior Faculty and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows. She will be recognized at the Junior Research Scholar Lunch during AACAP's 66th Annual Meeting on October 17, 2019, in Chicago.

Lee, a graduate of the UCSF Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program and UCSF Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program, is a health sciences assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry based at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. She has previously been honored by AACAP with an Educational Outreach Program Award in 2015 and a Systems of Care Special Program Clinical Projects Award in 2016. Lee was also named an American Psychiatric Association/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Minority Fellow in 2014, as well as the recipient of the UCSF Psychiatry Irving Philips Memorial Award for Excellence in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2017.

AACAP's Pilot Research Award for Junior Faculty and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows provides up to $15,000 in funding for junior faculty members and postgraduate fellows who have an interest in establishing a career in child and adolescent mental health research. The award is aimed at helping reduce the current shortage of clinical researchers in the field by allowing young investigators to become engaged in mental health research programs. As part of the award, Lee will also be invited to present her research at the 2020 AACAP Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

About UCSF Psychiatry

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry, UCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute are among the nation's foremost resources in the fields of child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric mental health. Together they constitute one of the largest departments in the UCSF School of Medicine and the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, with a mission focused on research (basic, translational, clinical), teaching, patient care, and public service.

UCSF Psychiatry conducts its clinical, educational and research efforts at a variety of locations in Northern California, including UCSF campuses at Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay and Laurel Heights, UCSF Medical Center, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, the San Francisco VA Health Care System, and UCSF Fresno.

About the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

The UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, established by the extraordinary generosity of Joan and Sanford I. "Sandy" Weill, brings together world-class researchers with top-ranked physicians to solve some of the most complex challenges in the human brain.

The UCSF Weill Institute leverages UCSF’s unrivaled bench-to-bedside excellence in the neurosciences. It unites three UCSF departments—Neurology, Psychiatry, and Neurological Surgery—that are highly esteemed for both patient care and research, as well as the Neuroscience Graduate Program, a cross-disciplinary alliance of nearly 100 UCSF faculty members from 15 basic-science departments, as well as the UCSF Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, a multidisciplinary research center focused on finding effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders.

About UCSF

UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise.

It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises three top-ranked hospitals – UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland – as well as Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, UCSF Benioff Children’s Physicians, and the UCSF Faculty Practice. UCSF Health has affiliations with hospitals and health organizations throughout the Bay Area. UCSF faculty also provide all physician care at the public Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, and the San Francisco VA Medical Center.