Institute for Social and Psychiatric Initiatives— Research, Education and Services (InSPIRES)


Twenty leading scientists specializing in over a dozen fields of study have gathered to form the INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL AND PSYCHIATRIC INITIATIVES— RESEARCH, EDUCATION AND SERVICES (InSPIRES) at the prestigious NYU Langone Medical Center. InSPIRES takes a cross-disciplinary approach to the prevention, early detection, treatment and cure of the social impairments at the core of conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, personality disorder and aggressive behavior.

The InSPIRES team includes leading scientists from such fields as neuroscience, epidemiology, genetics, radiologynuclear physics, pediatrics, environmental medicine, psychiatry, anthropology, zoology, nursing, psychology, social work, gynecology and obstetrics. Studying the complex interplay of genetics with biology, environmental factors and life-course experiences, these researchers have the unparalleled ability to interrelate relevant advances from a wide range of scientific fields.

InSPIRES is about promise and potential. By solving the puzzle of the causes of mental inllness we can begin to address new treatments and cures. Advancements have already begun. Join us at the Institute for Social and Psychiatric Initiatives in our mission to advance the studies and apply the research that will make the difference in so many lives – the critical ability to connect.

Edith L. Fisch Award

This year InSPIRES has given it's first Edith L. Fisch Award thanks to the generous estate donation by William Thomashower made in memory of Edith L Fisch.

Edith L. Fish (March 3, 1923 – August 3, 2006) was an American jurist and noted legal scholar. She was the first person ever to earn all degrees awarded by Columbia University School of Law, LL.B. (1948), LL.M. (1949), and J.Sc.D. (1950). Edith Fisch was an associate with the firm of Conrad & Smith from 1951 to 1957, when she went into private practice, specializing in trusts and estates. In 1958, she formed Lond Productions, a small press that released her book "Fisch on New York Evidence." She is also the author of "Charities and Charitable Foundations and Lawyers in Industry." Edith Fisch was a past president of the New York Womens' Bar Association and the first woman professor of law in New York state; she taught at New York Law School, 1963-65.

The award was presented by her nephew, New York Attorney William Thomashower, to Dr. Mary Rosedale. Dr. Rosedale is the recipient of the prestigious Edith L. Fisch award that honors innovation in the treatment of treatment refractory depression and exploration of therapeutic modulation. With Dr. Dolores Malaspina, as co-Principal Investigator, the award will fund depression, pain, and neurogenesis research.