Aims of the Mortimer D. Sackler, M.D. Prize
for Distinguished Achievement in Developmental Psychobiology

The Mortimer D. Sackler, M.D. Prize for Distinguished Achievement in Developmental Psychobiology is intended to recognize outstanding achievement in and help define the field of Developmental Psychobiology, including the advancement of our understanding of the developmental processes of mind, brain and behavior that contribute to normal development and the origins of mental illness.

The Prize recognizes and honors the most creative scientists in the area of Developmental Psychobiology research and aims to foster international cooperation among scientists and promote public understanding of scientists and their work.

The recipient of The Mortimer D. Sackler, M.D. Prize is chosen from the membership of the international scientific community of Developmental Psychobiology and related fields. Research by the prize recipient may have been carried out at any level of organization, from the cultural to the molecular, and embodies the highest qualities of originality, incisiveness, scientific rigor and relevance to the developmental processes of mind, brain and behavior that contribute to normal development and the origins of mental illness.

The prize of $100,000 will be presented, on alternate years by either the Columbia or the Cornell Sackler Institutes, in New York City, at which time the recipient will give Grand Rounds and participate in workshops and other meetings at the two institutes.