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Award: Medical Student Research Award from the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Foundation

March 2012

Third-year medical student Mr. Matthew Hirschtritt from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at CWRU was honored with the Medical Student Research Award for best entry. This award was presented at the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Foundation annual meeting. Mr. Hirschtritt's work with Dr. Pagano and other Department of Psychiatry staff demonstrated that youth with chronic depression and moderate alcohol use are more likely to respond better to treatment with fluoxetine (Prozac) compared to placebo. Additionally, these youth responded better than youth with temporary, situation-specific depression and heavy alcohol use. Dr. Pagano accepted the award on Mr. Hirschtritt's behalf.