The annual Marion Spencer Fay Award will be presented to Marina Picciotto, PhD, by the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership on Thursday, November 19, 2020, in an interactive, virtual format. Dr. Picciotto will present a lecture, "My Journey in the Neuroscience of Nicotine Addiction: From Molecules to Behavior," at 4:30 p.m.
Dr. Picciotto is the Charles B.G. Murphy Professor in Psychiatry and deputy chair for basic science at Yale University. She is also a professor in the Departments of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, and in the Child Study Center. She is being honored with the Marion Spencer Fay Award for her groundbreaking research on the role of nicotine in addiction, memory and behavior, and the biology of drug addiction. In addition, she is a leader in educational innovation and demonstrates a sustained dedication to mentorship and innovation in training.
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The national Marion Spencer Fay Award, now in its 57th year, is presented annually by the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership to an outstanding woman physician and/or scientist who has made an exceptionally significant contribution to health care as a practitioner, medical educator, administrator and/or research scientist and who exhibits significant future potential. The award includes a $10,000 honorarium to support the recipient’s work.
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The Marion Spencer Fay Award is a national award to honor achievement and excellence in medicine and science and is presented to a woman of distinction, innovation and leadership. Past Marion Spencer Fay Award honorees include Julie Overbaugh, PhD, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, and Nancy C. Andrews, MD, PhD, dean of Duke University's School of Medicine. Learn more about past honorees.
Marion Spencer Fay, PhD, was dean and president of Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania from 1946 to 1963. The National Board for Women in Medicine established an award in her name in 1963 to recognize her pioneering leadership.
This national award is given annually to a woman physician and/or scientist who has made an exceptionally significant contribution to health care as a practitioner, medical educator, administrator and/or research scientist and who exhibits significant future potential.
Formerly administered by the National Board for Women in Medicine, the award continues under the guidance of the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership of Drexel University College of Medicine, which maintains the traditions of the Woman's Medical College and the Medical College of Pennsylvania that reflect a 160-year legacy of excellence.
- The award recipient is selected from nominations submitted to a special committee, appointed by the Institute, dedicated to the principles of the Marion Spencer Fay Award.
- The presentation ceremony is attended by distinguished academic, medical and scientific leaders and the award includes a $10,000 honorarium to support the recipient's work.