News Release

November 8, 2006

Contact: Kristina Goodnough, 860-679-3700

Three New Endowed Chairs at UConn Health Center

Farmington, Conn., – Andrew Winokur, M.D., Ph.D., and Daniel Connor, M.D., in the Department of Psychiatry and Audrey Chapman, Ph.D. in the Department of Community Medicine and Health Care have been appointed to new endowed chairs at the Health Center.

Winokur is the first holder of the Dr. Manfred J. Sakel Distinguished Chair in Psychiatry established last year with a gift from the late Marianne Hartly. Her bequest, which with the state’s match totaled more than $3 million, is in memory of Sakel, a close friend of Hartly’s in Vienna in the 1920s and later in New York City where she assisted him in his research.

Winokur is director of the Neuropsychopharmacology Treatment, Research and Training Center at the Health Center. He teaches in the psychiatry residency program and studies established and investigational drugs for the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. The endowed chair will provide financial support for research and treatment and for training and professional development of students. Winokur lives in West Hartford, Conn.

Connor is the first holder of the Lockean Distinguished Chair in Mental Health Education, Research and Clinical Improvement, which was established earlier this year with an anonymous gift of $2 million. He joined the Health Center last year from University of Massachusetts Medical School where he founded and directed the Department of Pediatric Psychopharmacology and was director of ambulatory child and adolescent psychiatry.

Connor has formed a new Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Health Center, teaches medical students and psychiatry residents, and established a new accredited residency program in child and adolescent psychiatry. His research focuses on the effectiveness and tolerability of existing and new pharmacological treatments for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder in children and adults. He lives in Boylston, Mass.

Chapman is the first holder of the UConn Health Center Auxiliary’s Joseph M Healey, Jr. Chair in Medical Humanities and Bioethics. The chair was established last year with a gift of more than $1 million from the UConn Health Center Auxiliary, which raised the money through gifts from medical school alumni and faculty as well as bake sales and book sales, golf tournaments, the gift shop, holiday bazaars and garden parties. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Chapman joined the Health Center in July from the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C., where she was director of the Science and Human Rights program and the Science and Intellectual Property in the Public Interest Program that focused on the intellectual property implications for scientific research and assess to the benefits of science.

Her areas of research are ethical and justice issues related to genetics and stem cells, improving access and availability of health services, intellectual property regimes affecting health and genetics research and human rights monitoring methodologies. She lives in Bloomfield, Conn.

The Health Center now has 33 endowed chairs.

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