Congratulations to Igor Grant, MD on receiving a 2016 HIV Community Service Award from the San Diego LGBT Community Center! In addition to being Chair of the UCSD Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Grant is Director of the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program (HNRP). The HNRP's mission is to initiate and promote translational NeuroAIDS research through the development, coordination, and realization of multi-disciplinary studies. HNRP research studies focus on neuropsychiatry, neuropsychological testing, neurocognition, the effects of antiretrovirals on the brain and aging, how HIV may impact everyday functioning, and intervention strategies for improving the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS. Pictured from left to right are: Susanna Concha-Garcia, Igor Grant, and Teresa Oyos.

The Paul Satz Award recognizes Dr. Grant's career contributions to the mentorship of doctoral students. In the award presentation, it was noted that Dr. Grant has mentored 35 Ph.D.s and M.D.s, and served as the primary dissertation advisor to 23 of these as part of the UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. The nominees were two former graduate students that Dr. Grant mentored, Sean Rourke, Ph.D., who is now Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and Jennifer Manly, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neurology at Columbia University. Pictured (from left to right): Sean Rourke, Igor Grant, Jennifer Manly, and Robert Heaton.

On November 10th, 2015, the Co-Conveners of UCSD Council of Chairs presented a plaque of appreciation from UCSD Chairs to Chancellor Pradeep Khosla.

Pictured (from left to right): Pamela Ratcliff (Co-convener, Chair of History), Chancellor Pradeep Khosla, Igor Grant (Co-convener, Chair of Psychiatry), and Duncan Agnew (Co-convener, Chair of Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics).

Dr. Grant celebrates awarding of PhD in Clinical Psychology to graduate student Jordan Cattie at the UCSD ceremony on June 14, 2015. The newly minted Dr. Cattie distinguished herself during her graduate training by conducting an innovative study on social cognition in relation to HIV infection and methamphetamine abuse among participants in the UCSD HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program. Dr. Grant served as Jordan's Guidance Committee and Dissertation Committee Chair. Dr. Cattie heads to a postdoc fellowship at the Harvard affiliated McLean Hospital, and then will be applying for a position at Emory University.

Congratulations Jordan!

This message was sent on behalf of Dr. David Brenner, Vice Chancellor, UC San Diego Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine, and Paul Viviano, Chief Executive Officer, UC San Diego Health System, to UC San Diego Health Sciences Faculty and Staff.

We are pleased to announce that Igor Grant, MD, FRCP(C), an internationally recognized neuropsychiatrist, has been named the new Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Grant has been at UC San Diego more than 40 years and has served as Executive Vice Chair in the department for the past 20. He will succeed Lewis Judd, MD, who is stepping down after 36 years in the position – the longest serving department chair in the history of the university.

Dr. Grant takes the reins of a psychiatry department that consistently has been highly ranked nationally, with a research and clinical faculty second to none. Over the years, Dr. Grant has been an essential contributor to much of that achievement, holding a variety of leadership positions.