Steven Hyman

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Professor Steven E. Hyman, MD, is Director of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. The goal of the Stanley Center is decrease the burden of serious neuropsychiatric disorders through research. Scientists within the Center use large scale platforms in genetics and other areas of biology and chemistry to gain better understanding of the neurobiological underpinnings of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, and other neurodevelopmental disorders and most critically to develop new directions in therapeutics after a long period of stagnation. Hyman is also Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology. He was Provost of Harvard University from 2001 to 2011. As Provost, he was instrumental in the development of cross school and regional interdisciplinary initiatives, especially in the sciences. In 2009 he initiated an extensive process of reform of the Harvard libraries, the world's largest university library system with major goals that included support for technical innovation in research and teaching and for open access to academic work. He has been important in the creation of an open access mandate at Harvard.

From 1996 to 2001 Hyman was the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a group of agencies that fund and perform biomedical research. NIMH supports neuroscience and the knowledge needed to understand, diagnose, and treat brain disorders. He has worked, more recently to open psychiatric classifications, including the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and the International Classification of Diseases, Mental and Behavioral Disorders to fundamental rethinking including the incorporation of neuroscience and genetics the recognition that many mental disorders are quantitative deviations from health rather than categorically different.

He is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the US National Academies where he serves on the governing Council, is a member of the board of health science policy and chairs the neuroscience forum. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Hyman received his B.A. summa cum laude from Yale College; an M.A. from the University of Cambridge, which he attended as a Mellon fellow studying the history and philosophy of science; and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. After an internship in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, a residency in psychiatry at McLean Hospital, and a clinical fellowship in neurology at MGH, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard in molecular biology.[1]


  1. ^ "Scientific Leadership: Steven E. Hyman". The Broad Institute. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 

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