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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.

Constance Lieber Prize Symposium

It has been an honor to celebrate the life of Constance Lieber by recognizing original work in developmental brain research. At this time, nominations are not being accepted as organizers are re-evaluating the Constance Lieber Prize program.


Previous Winners:
2019   Nenad Sestan, M.D., Ph.D.
2017   Joseph G. Gleeson, M.D.


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

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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.