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Max Hamilton memorial prize

Max Hamilton, M.D., F.R.C.P., F.R.C.Psych., D.P.M. (1912-1988) is best known for his assessment of depressive illness through psychometrics. The Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression is widely used throughout the world, and his 1960 paper on the problem of measuring the severity of depression is probably the most cited medical publication in the second half of the twentieth century. The recipient of the award will be chosen by an international scientific jury. This prize consists of a monetary award of $10,000 (USD) and an engraved plaque, to be presented at the annual CINP World Congress.


  • The Max Hamilton Memorial Prize is given to a young scientist in recognition of an outstanding contribution to psychopharmacology.

  • Nominations can be made by any individual; nominees need not be members of the CINP, but must be less than 41 years of age on 31st December 2020.

  • The contributions may be in clinical evaluation or services, in pre-clinical or clinical research, or any combination of these.

  • The contributions may be empirical advances or a theoretical construct, based on a single discovery or a cumulative body of work.

  • The Awardee must commit to attendance at the 2016 Congress for at least three full days.


Detailed instructions on how to apply for the Max Hamilton Award including the application form will be posted here. In the meantime, should you have any questions please contact the CINP Office.

Previous Winners

  • Gwyneth Zai, The Center for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada (2018)
  • Nikolaos Koutsouleris, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany (2016)
  • Elisabeth Binder, Max-Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Germany (2012)
  • Jean-Martin Beaulieu, Université Laval, Canada (2010)
  • George Papakostas, Harvard Medical School, USA (2008)
  • Alexander Neumeister, Yale University School of Medicine, USA (2006)
  • Sarah H. Lisanby, New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University, USA (2004)

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