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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 2020 award will be chosen by an international scientific jury by March 2020. This prize consists of a monetary award of USD 10,000 and an engraved plaque, to be presented at the 32nd CINP Congress taking place in Taipei, Taiwan from 25 to 28 June 2020.


  • The Max Hamilton Memorial Prize is given to a young scientist in recognition of an outstanding contribution to psychopharmacology.
  • Nominations can be made by CINP members only; nominees need not be members of the CINP but must be 45 years old or younger 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 2020 CINP World Congress.


To submit an application, please fill out the application form below and send it together with the other requested documents to the CINP Head Office by Friday, February 28, 2020.

Previous Winners

  • 2018: Gwyneth Zai, The Center for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada
  • 2016: Nikolaos Koutsouleris, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
  • 2014: Rudolf Uher, Dalhousie University, Canada

  • 2012: Elisabeth Binder, Max-Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Germany
  • 2010: Jean-Martin Beaulieu, Université Laval, Canada
  • 2008: George Papakostas, Harvard Medical School, USA
  • 2006: Alexander Neumeister, Yale University School of Medicine, USA
  • 2004: Sarah H. Lisanby, New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University, USA
  • 2002: Dan Stein, MRC Research Unit, South Africa

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