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The V. Sagar Sethi, M.D. Mental Health Research Award


The V. Sagar Sethi, M.D. Mental Health Research Award was created with an endowment from the late Dr. Sethi, a longtime psychiatrist in Charlotte and member of the North Carolina Psychiatric Association and American Psychiatric Association. The award seeks to "honor a scientist for significant contributions to basic research in the neurosciences, psychology, or pharmacology at a molecular, cellular or behavioral level."

Award Criteria:

  • Significant contribution to basic research
  • Research has had a significant impact or is highly likely to have a significant impact on clinical psychiatric care.
  • MD, DO, MBBS, or PhD who is conducting active research in the United States
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted, although the nominee can assist in providing information
  • Must be available to present a lecture at the NCPA Annual Meeting and Scientific Session (September 8-11, 2016 in Asheville, NC)

Submission Details:

  • Submissions should include a 1-page nomination letter explaining the significance of the nominee's research and the nominee's CV.
  • Submissions may be emailed to kmilam@ncpsychiatry.org, faxed to 919-851-0044, or mailed to:

Psychiatric Foundation of NC
Attn: Sethi Award Selection Committee
4917 Waters Edge Dr., Suite 250
Raleigh, NC 27606

  • 2016 Nominations will be accepted through January 15, 2016.



  • The recipient will receive a cash award
  • Travel support to attend and present a lecture during the NC Psychiatric Association's Annual Meeting & Scientific Session in the fall

Previous Recipients:


Nora Volkow, M.D.
National Institute on Drug Abuse


P. Jeffrey Conn, Ph.D.
Vanderbilt University



Charles Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Miami



Patrick Sullivan, M.D.,FRANZCP
University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill