It is a great honor to recognize Connie Lieber’s leadership in the area of mental health research, her prescient insights about the central role of brain development, and to inspire the next generation of scientists in the developmental neurosciences with this biennial prize in her name.

2019 Constance Lieber Prize Symposium

The Constance Lieber Prize for Innovation in Developmental Neuroscience will be presented to 2019 recipient, Dr. Nenad Sestan, at a prize symposium on June 19, 2019. The symposium will be held from 8:30am – 1:00pm at the Chevy Chase Auditorium at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD.

In addition to recognizing Dr. Sestan, several keynote speakers will be in attendance to honor Constance Lieber’s legacy.

8:30 am – Registration and Coffee

9:00 am – Welcome & Opening Remarks
Daniel R. Weinberger, M.D., Director & CEO, Lieber Institute for Brain Development
Herbert Pardes, M.D., Executive Vice Chairman, New York-Presbyterian Hospital
Paul Rothman, M.D., Dean & CEO, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

9:20 am – Constance Lieber Tribute, Remarks from Stephen Lieber

9:25 am – Constance Lieber Prize Awarded to Nenad Sestan, M.D., Ph.D.
Dan Weinberger, Paul Rothman, & Stephen Lieber

9:30 AM – Nenad Sestan, M.D., Ph.D.
“Wired to be human: Development, evolution and dysfunction of neocortical circuits”

10:00 AM – Amy F.T. Arnsten, Ph.D.
“The Powerful Role of mGluR3 in Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortical Circuits:
Relevance to the Symptoms and Treatment of Schizophrenia”

10:30 AM – Brady J. Maher, Ph.D.
“Modeling aspects of cortical development in autism spectrum disorder”

11:00am –11:15am break

11:15 AM – Richard L. Huganir, Ph.D.
“Synaptic Genes and Neurodevelopmental Disorders”

11:45 AM – Matthew W. State, M.D., Ph.D.
“From genes to pathophysiology in autism spectrum disorders”

12:15 PM – Pasko Rakic, M.D., Ph.D.
“Neuronal Migration: Relevance to Brain Disorders”

12:45 PM – Final Remarks – Dan Weinberger, M.D.

Registration is FREE but required, as space is limited.

Prize Info:
Just the second installment in it’s history, the prize will be awarded to an Investigator under 55 years of age who has made a transformative contribution in developmental neuroscience with clinical implications. The award consists of a $100,000 cash prize.

Nomination Procedures:
Individuals may be nominated by colleagues, experts in the field, or leaders of the individual’s institute. There is no limit to the number of nominations that may be submitted by a single institute, all qualified and exceptional nominations are encouraged. All nominations will be carefully reviewed and considered by the Prize Committee. The winner will be notified prior to an official public announcement and award symposium June 19, 2019 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD.

A letter of nomination must include a description of the nominee’s transformative contribution in developmental neuroscience with clinical implications. Nominations must be submitted in English and PDF format, and include:

This is an international award for individuals 55 years of age and under who have made a transformative contribution in developmental neuroscience with clinical implications.

  • Nominees must be currently active in their field of research
  • Self-nominations are not accepted

The Constance Lieber Prize Committee:
Daniel R. Weinberger, M.D., Lieber Institute for Brain Development
Fred Gage, Ph.D., Salk Institute for Biological Sciences
Huda Zoghbi, M.D., Baylor College of Medicine
John Rubenstein, M.D.,Ph.D., University of California San Francisco
Rick Huganir, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Amy F.T. Arnsten, Ph.D., Yale University
Matthew State, M.D., Ph.D., University of California San Francisco

Questions regarding the prize or your nomination may be submitted to:
Constance Lieber Prize Committee

Official Press Release

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In Memoriam: Constance Lieber

Honoring Connie Lieber’s Legacy

Connie Lieber was an extraordinary person. Her role in establishing and supporting research about developmental behavioral disorders is legendary as was her deep personal investment in the careers of young scientists. She intuitively believed in the developmental origins of psychiatric illnesses and worked tirelessly for over 40 years to fund research, raise awareness of mental disorders, and reduce the stigma often felt by those suffering and their families. For over twenty-five years, she was the inspirational leader of the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (formerly NARSAD). It was this dedication to research and the search for cures for mental disorders that ultimately led Connie and her husband Steve Lieber to found the Lieber Institute for Brain Development along with Milton and Tamar Maltz.