Dr. Ming Tso Tsuang.was named University Professor at the University of California San Jose in May. The title of University Professor is the highest honor that can be bestowed on UC faculty by the University of California Board of Regents. Dr. Tsuang, one of the world's top researchers in human genetics, will direct the proposed UCSD Institute of Human Behavioral Genomics in the Department of Psychiatry. In announcing the appointment, Lewis Judd, M.D., chair of the UCSD Department of Psychiatry, noted that Dr. Tsuang "has led the way in increasing our knowledge of the molecular genetics of mental illness. In particular, he has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of genetics and environmental risk factors of schizophrenia, bi-polar manic-depressive disorders, and drug abuse."
Dr. Tsuang joins UCSD from Harvard University, where he is the Stanley Cobb Professor of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School and director of the Harvard Institute of Psychiatric Epidemiology and Genetics, sponsored by Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. He also served as superintendent and head of the Harvard Department of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. He concurrently served as the president of the Massachusetts Mental Health Institute.
As director of the proposed UCSD Institute of Human Behavioral Genomics, Dr. Tsuang will oversee the participation of faculty from several UCSD disciplines, the recruitment of families for genetic studies, the analysis of vast amounts of data, and the genotyping of biological material. The Institute will be organized into functional units for clinical treatment of behavioral disorders, laboratory and human clinical-trial research, and training programs for the next generation of physician-scientists in psychiatric research. The emphasis will be translational research, which is the rapid movement of basic research findings into therapeutic applications at the patient's bedside.