Goate named to Ludwig psychiatry chair

Alison M. Goate, D.Phil., has been named the holder of the Samuel and Mae S. Ludwig Chair in Psychiatry.

Goate, professor of psychiatry and of genetics, is a key member of the Department of Psychiatry’s Genetics Research Program and a major contributor to the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.

The appointment was recently announced by the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation Board of Directors.

“It is a great honor to follow in the footsteps of the previous holder of this chair, my friend and colleague, the late professor Dr. Theodore Reich,” Goate said. “I plan to use these funds to support graduate students and postdoctoral fellows working on the genetics and cell biology of neuropsychiatric disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and alcoholism.”

Goate is internationally known for her work on the genetics of Alzheimer’s disease. She has received several prestigious awards, including the Metropolitan Life Foundation Award for Medical Research and the Potamkin Award from the American Academy of Neurology.

A graduate of both Bristol and Oxford universities in the United Kingdom, Goate has served on scientific review committees of several organizations. She also serves on the editorial boards of several publications, including Psychiatric Genetics.

The Ludwig chair in psychiatry was established in 1989 by a gift from the late Samuel and Mae S. Ludwig and is one of 16 endowed chairs at BJH that supports clinical research and patient care.

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