David Pickar, M.D., is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Pickar serves on the Psychiatry Drug Advisory Board for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He is fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and is Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association where he serves on the Advocacy and Government Relations Council. Dr. Pickar practices psychiatry in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Dr. Pickar served in the Intramural Research Program (IRP) of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for over 20 years where he was the Chief of the Experimental Therapeutics Branch dedicated to studying schizophrenia and psychosis. Dr. Pickar served as Chair of the Tenure and Promotion Committee in Intramural NIMH. He has received numerous honors and awards in the course of his career, including the Judith Silver Memorial Young Scientist Award of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) and the Meritorious Service Medal for Exemplary Performance of Duty from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Pickar has served as the NIMH Consultant to the U.S. Secret Service and to the Scientific Advisory Committee of the American Foundation for AIDS Research.
Dr. Pickar is Founder and President of Gabriel Sciences, a company whose mission is advancing the development of a novel treatment for schizophrenia. He was Co-Founder of Comprehensive Neuroscience, Inc., a clinical trials and medical communication company where he served as a Director, Executive Vice-President and Chief Science Officer. He has authored or co-authored more than 300 scientific articles and is the inventor on two US patents. Dr. Pickar is the producer of the documentary short film, “The Realities of Serious Mental Mental Illness.”
Dr. Pickar is a 1969 graduate of Rutgers College with Phi Beta Kappa distinction and received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine in 1973. After completing his residency in psychiatry at Yale in 1977, Dr. Pickar joined the National Institute of Mental Health as Commissioned Officer of the United States Public Health Service. Dr. Pickar retired as Captain (0-6) USPHS in 1999.
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