VISN 4 MIRECC Newsflash
2020 Barnwell Award Announcement
We received a formal letter from national VA Office of R&D informing us that VISN 4 MIRECC director David W. Oslin, MD is the recipient of the 2020 John B. Barnwell Award, the highest honor in VA Clinical Sciences R&D for outstanding achievement in clinical science research.
“The award recognizes Dr. Oslin’s exemplary record of involvement in, and service to, the VA and to clinical science, as well as for his ground-breaking contributions to clinical management of Veterans suffering from mental illness, and his research that has focused on two main threads: a) the development and implementation of measurement-based care (MBC) practices; and b) the study and implementation of precision mental health care through the application of genetics to clinical care. Both areas are highly relevant to the care of Veterans and the mental health field overall, and his work has had considerable impact on the delivery of care within the VA. His research contributions to integrated mental health care was a major original contribution, as were his application of pharmacogenetics to pharmacologic treatment of alcohol use disorder and his pioneering ongoing multisite study of the usefulness of pharmacogenetics in a precision medicine approach to optimal antidepressant medication use. His CV is impressive in terms of the number, quality and breadth of publications, his grant-funded support and his national reputation.”
In addition to three years of associated research funding, Dr. Oslin will receive an inscribed plaque. CSR&D will also publish this announcement in a prestigious scientific journal. An award ceremony is being planned in honor of Dr. Oslin in due time, in coordination with ORD. More information about the Barnwell Award and past recipients can be found here.