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Siegfried Kasper awarded City of Vienna Prize for Medical Sciences

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(Vienna, 19 November 2019) Siegfried Kasper, former Head of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at MedUni Vienna has been awarded the City of Vienna Prize for Medical Sciences 2019. The prize will be presented by Veronica Kaup-Hasler, Vienna City Councillor for Culture, in Vienna City Hall on 5 December.

The City of Vienna Prizes have been awarded every year since 1947 to deserving people from the arts, culture and sciences for their lifetime achievements to date. The prizes are awarded in the fields of architecture, visual arts, literature, music, journalism, national education and science. The prizes are awarded on the basis of the decision of an independent expert jury. The City of Vienna Prize for Medical Sciences has been awarded since 1982.

Siegfried Kasper has conducted numerous studies in the fields of psychobiology, neuropsychopharmacology and clinical psychiatry. He has more than 650 PubMed-listed publications to his name (Google: Citation Index: 40.723; Hirsch Index: 99, i10-index: 609) and has published more than 250 books or book contributions, as well as textbooks and handbooks in various fields of psychiatry, in both German and English.

Siegfried Kasper is/has been on the board of numerous national and international societies, such as e.g. the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP), European Psychiatric Association (EPA), Austrian Society for Neuropsychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry (ÖGPB), Austrian Society for Drug Safety in Psychiatry (ÖAMSP) and the Austrian Society for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (ÖGPP). He was elected onto the Executive Committee of the International College of Neuropsychopharmacology (CINP) for the period 2012 – 2018 and is now President of this society. For the 2005 to 2009 term, Kasper was President of the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP), one of the world’s three leading societies in the field of psychiatry, with a total of 63 member countries from five different continents. He was appointed Honorary President of the WFSBP in 2013. He was also Chair of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA), Section of Pharmacopsychiatry. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (FRCP, UK), Fellow of the Scandinavian College of Neuro-Psychopharmacology (SCNP), Honorary Member of the Czech, Romanian and Colombian Societies of Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry and of the Ukrainian and Hungarian Societies of Psychiatry and corresponding member of the German Society of Biological Psychiatry (DGBP), as well as a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Kasper is editor of the International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, field editor for the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, section editor for Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy and Annals of General Psychiatry, as well as psychiatry editor of the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. He is on the editorial board of numerous medical journals (54 in all) such as e.g. The Lancet Psychiatry, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, CNS Spectrums, Journal of Affective Disorders, Pharmacopsychiatry and European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience.

Siegfried Kasper has been awarded honorary doctorates from the universities of Craiova and Cluj-Napoca in Romania and the University of Thessaloniki in Greece. In addition, he has been appointed honorary/visiting professor by the following universities: University of Hong Kong, China, 2004; Universidad Andrés Bello, Santiago de Chile, Chile, 2014; Aino University in Osaka, Japan, 2015; Kolkata Institute of Psychiatry, Department of Health & Family Welfare, India 2016; University of Hiroshima, Japan, 2017 and Belgrade University School of Medicine, Serbia, 2017.

He holds the Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver for Services to the Austrian Republic and the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, 1st Class, the Decoration of Honour in Gold for Services to the City of Vienna, as well as numerous other national and international awards.