Elliot S. Gershon, M.D.

Elliot S. Gershon, M.D.


Professor of Psychiatry and Human Genetics
University of Chicago

For 40 years, Dr. Gershon’s interests have included the neurobiology, genetics and treatment of mental disorders, particularly major depression and bipolar disorder. He began his career in genetic epidemiology, creating new methods for family studies of disease. In recent years, Dr. Gershon has been examining genetic and chromosomal disorders and re-arrangements that can predispose people to psychiatric disorders. He is currently focused on chromosomal microdeletions and microduplications associated with brain and behavior disorders, particularly new mutations, which highly influence the risk of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and autism.

Before joining the University of Chicago as Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, a post he held from 1998 to 2004, he was Chief of the Clinical Neurogenetics Branch of the NIMH.

NARSAD Grants: Distinguished Investigator 1998 and 2006

Foundation Prizes: 1996 Falcone Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Affective Disorders Research (renamed the Colvin Prize in 2012)