Two share Barnwell Award
Philip D. Harvey, Ph.D.
VA's Clinical Science Research and Development division awarded the 2014 John Blair Barnwell Award to Dr. Philip D. Harvey of the Miami VA Healthcare System and Dr. Michael Oxman of the San Diego Healthcare System.
Harvey was recognized for his research in cognitive and functional deficits in patients with schizophrenia, and for his contributions to advancing the diagnosis and treatment of the condition in the Veteran population. He is currently chairing a 25-site VA study to examine 18,000 Veterans with severe mental illness and to identify the genetics of impaired everyday functioning. He also has a $3.2 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health for a study aimed at improving everyday functioning in schizophrenia.
Michael Oxman, M.D
Harvey is also professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and chief of the division of psychology at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine, and is the first psychologist to receive the Barnwell Award.
Oxman was recognized for his significant contributions to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of viral diseases, particularly those in the herpes family. His work on shingles prevention has played a vital role in treating that disease and in the development and evaluation of the herpes simplex and varicella-zoster virus treatments. His leadership was integral to the success of the VA-NIH Shingles Prevention Study, one of the largest adult vaccine trials ever, and he and the study team continue to analyze data and observe the large study population.
The John Blair Barnwell Award honors outstanding achievement in clinical science. It recognizes senior VHA investigators who have achieved international acclaim for clinical research accomplishments in areas of prime importance to VA's research mission and who have also demonstrated a high level of clinical commitment to the patient population.