Igor Grant

Igor Grant
M.D., F.R.C.P.(C)

Igor Grant, M.D., is Distinguished Professor of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Grant served as Chair of the Department of Psychiatry from 2014-2019. He is Director of the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program (HNRP), which includes the California NeuroAIDS Tissue Network (CNTN), the Translational Methamphetamine AIDS Research Center (TMARC), the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center (HNRC), the CNS HIV Anti-Retroviral Therapy Effects Research (CHARTER) and the University of California Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR). Dr. Grant is the founding Editor of the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society and founding co-editor of the journal AIDS and Behavior.

UC San Diego celebrates 40 years of endowed chair philanthropy

Grant endowed chair

In 2021, UC San Diego celebrates 40 years of philanthropy in support of endowed chairs. The Campaign for UC San Diego added 100 new endowed chairs for a total of 255 across nearly 70 academic departments, divisions and schools. The Campaign highlighted the Dr. Igor and JoAnn Grant Chair in Psychiatry, among other endowed chairs, as an example of building a legacy as well as passing "the torch to a new generation of innovators." Click here to read more about the Grant Chair in Psychiatry as well as other notable endowed chair donors.

Pictured is Dr. Igor Grant and daughter Dr. Jenna Grant at the December 3, 2019 installation of the portrait of Igor Grant and JoAnn Nallinger Grant marking their endowment of the Dr. Igor and JoAnn Grant Chair in Psychiatry.


A Celebratory Event - Grant Endowed Chair in Psychiatry

The Dr. Igor and JoAnn Grant Endowed Chair in Psychiatry supports the chair of the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego School of Medicine. It is part of the Chancellor's Chair Challenge, an effort to increase recruitment and retention of exceptional tenured faculty. Igor and JoAnn Grant have served the Department for nearly 50 years, helping to lay the foundation for tremendous achievements and now creating a lasting legacy through the establishment of this endowed chair. On October 22, 2020, the Department celebrated the Grant family and the new chair and inaugural holder of the Dr. Igor and JoAnn Grant Endowed Chair in Psychiatry - Zafiris "Jeff" Daskalakis, MD, PhD, FRCP(C).

Dr. Igor and Joann Grant Endowed Chair in Psychiatry - A Celebratory Event from CMCR on Vimeo.


Congratulations to Dr. Donald Abrams on his retirement

CMCR Director Igor Grant congratulates Donald Abrams, MD, of UCSF on his retirement, and highlights some key contributions Dr. Abrams made to medicinal cannabis research, and as a founding member of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research.



Dr. Grant celebrates with Jacob Moul on completing his Bachelor's in Science at UCSD during the virtual commencement on June 13, 2020

Jacob Moul & Igor Grant

Jacob earned a degree in Probability and Statistics through the UCSD Math Department and a minor in Data Science. He completed multiple data science projects concerned with climate change and its impacts on the environment and the inhabitants of California while pursuing his minor. Jacob also served as a Research Assistant at Scripps Institution of Oceanography under Professor Katherine Ricke, working on a project to evaluate the efficacy of current climate change impacts models. Jacob’s positive undergraduate experience was aided in large part by the recently established UCSD Data Science Department and all of its advisors and professors. Though Jacob did not have an affiliation with the UCSD Medical School, Dr. Grant provided Jacob with mentoring throughout his time at UCSD, and was very pleased to serve as a family faculty representative in this virtual graduation.