January 2014
Invitation for the WPA 2014 Jean Delay Prize Nominations

Dear Colleagues,

The World Psychiatric Association (WPA) is again seeking nominations for the “2014 Jean Delay Prize”. The Prize will be presented to the selected nominee during the XVI WPA World Congress of Psychiatry being held in Madrid, Spain on September 14-18, 2014.

The Jean Delay Prize is the most important award of the WPA: it bears the name of Jean Delay, the President of the first World Congress of Psychiatry (Paris, 1950) and the first President of our Association. Jean Delay is one of the most important psychiatrists of the 20th century, as he introduced chlorpromazine in the treatment of psychotic disorders and described for the first time the antidepressant effect of isoniazide, both in 1952. In fact, he was both a great scientist and humanist. His eminent disciples include Pierre Pichot, Pierre Denicker and Raymond Sadoun.

The Jean Delay Prize will be awarded by an international jury to an individual who has made a major contribution in the biological, psychological or social aspects of psychiatry or has built useful bridges between them.

Past awardees of the WPA Jean Delay Prize are Professor Kenneth S. Kendler in 2011, Professor Hans-Jürgen Möller in 2008, Professor Otto Steenfeldt-Foss in 2005, Professor Hagop Akiskal in 2002, and Professor David Goldberg in 1999.

The Jean Delay Prize, supported by an unrestricted grant from Servier, consists of a diploma, a medal and a check for the amount of 40,000 Euros. The awardee is expected to deliver a plenary lecture at the XVI World Congress of Psychiatry, Madrid, Spain, September 14-18, 2014.

Please ask the nomination form from the WPA Secretariat by email to recommend your candidate for this Prize. The form needs to be returned to the WPA Secretariat no later than December 31, 2013.

Thanks and regards,


Prof. Pedro Ruiz

WPA President

Please ask the nomination form from and return completed forms to the WPA Secretariat no later than December 31, 2013:

WPA Secretariat
Geneva University Psychiatric Hospital
Bâtiment Les Voirons
2, Chemin du Petit Bel-Air
1225 Chêne-Bourg Geneva Switzerland
Tel. (41-22) 305 5737
Fax (41-22) 305 5735
E-mail: wpasecretariat@wpanet.org

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