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NIMH Resident Award

Congratulations to Gil Hoftman, MD, PhD on his selection by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for its 2017 Outstanding Resident Award Program.

The program recognizes PGY-II residents with outstanding research and academic potential. Dr. Hoftman is a resident in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training program. As a medical student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, he studied the development of cortical GABA circuitry and identifying periods of vulnerability to schizophrenia under the mentorship of researchers in the Department of Psychiatry’s Translational Neuroscience Program. With support from a David J. Kupfer Residency Research Fellowship Award, he has expanded his research to examine the contribution of cortical circuitry alterations to the cognitive deficits in schizophrenia, and to investigate how these alterations might arise during development.  

As part of the award, Dr. Hoftman will travel to National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland in September 2017 and will present a poster on his latest findings. His participation in the program will also provide him with the opportunity to meet with NIMH leaders and to interact with NIMH investigators and current clinical fellows to learn about the institute’s intermural research programs.