Ronald S. Duman, Ph.D.

Ronald S. Duman, Ph.D.


Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson
Professor of Psychiatry Professor of Neurobiology and of Pharmacology
Director, Division of Molecular Psychiatry and Abraham
Ribicoff Research Facilities
Yale University

Studies from Dr. Duman’s laboratory have contributed to the characterization of the molecular and cellular actions of antidepressants and stress, providing the basis for a neurotrophic hypothesis of depression. Dr. Duman’s research has shown that antidepressants increase the growth and survival of new neurons and glia, which he believes may explain in part how these drugs produce their therapeutic effects. These findings represent major advances in the understanding of the effects of antidepressants and provide a framework for the development of novel therapeutic agents.

Dr. Duman conducted postgraduate work at Yale University before joining the Yale faculty.

NARSAD Grants: Young Investigator 1989, Independent Investigator 1997, Distinguished Investigator 2005

Foundation Prizes: 2002 Falcone Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Mood Disorders Research (renamed the Colvin Prize in 2012)