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1.  The International ‘Balint’ Award – a rising opportunity for Romanian Medical Students  
Journal of Medicine and Life  2010;3(1):106-109.
The International ‘Balint’ Award for students, instituted by the Foundation for Psychosomatic and Social Medicine in honor of Michael and Enid Balint, has been a rising opportunity for Romanian medical and psychology students to achieve international fame. Romanian students have been among the winners of this award for the last 10 years, in competition with students from Ivy League and other illustrious universities.
The ‘Ascona model’ case presentation debates the psychological side of a medical case, while keeping in focus the diagnostic, pathology and treatment issues. This article focuses on explaining this type of case presentation in correlation with one of the papers submitted in the contest that has received this award in the 15th International Balint Congress.
The exposed case is that of a 17–year–old boy presenting with apparent stupor encountered by an emergency mobile unit. The patient was suspected of substance abuse and overdose but these suspicions were denied by the clinical exam. Further encounters led to the conclusion that both the boy and his whole family needed psychotherapy counseling and were referred there with great success.
PMCID: PMC3019028  PMID: 20302207
psychotherapy; Balint method; , Ascona model case presentation
2.  Presentation of the 2009 Morris F Collen Award to Betsy L Humphreys, with remarks from the recipient 
The American College of Medical Informatics is an honorary society established to recognize those who have made sustained contributions to the field. Its highest award, for lifetime achievement and contributions to the discipline of medical informatics, is the Morris F Collen Award. Dr Collen's own efforts as a pioneer in the field stand out as the embodiment of creativity, intellectual rigor, perseverance, and personal integrity. The Collen Award, given once a year, honors an individual whose attainments have, throughout a whole career, substantially advanced the science and art of biomedical informatics. In 2009, the college was proud to present the Collen Award to Betsy Humphreys, MLS, deputy director of the National Library of Medicine. Ms Humphreys has dedicated her career to enabling more effective integration and exchange of electronic information. Her work has involved new knowledge sources and innovative strategies for advancing health data standards to accomplish these goals. Ms Humphreys becomes the first librarian to receive the Collen Award. Dr Collen, on the occasion of his 96th birthday, personally presented the award to Ms Humphreys.
PMCID: PMC2995660  PMID: 20595319
3.  Excellence in cell signaling research recognized with major new award 
The newly installed Life Sciences Breakthrough Prize (, which comes with more than double the financial reward of the Nobel Prize, has been awarded to several world-leaders in the field of cancer-related cell signaling and therapy research: Lewis C. Cantley (PI3 kinase), Hans Clevers (Wnt signaling), Charles L. Sawyers (signaling-targeted cancer therapy), Bert Vogelstein (colorectal cancer signaling) and Robert Weinberg (Ras & other cancer-relevant genes). They have all made remarkable contributions to our understanding of cell communication and malignancies over the last decades. Needless to say that virtually all other awardees of the 11 scientists honored in 2013 have also, in one way or another, touched upon signaling molecules, highlighting the fundamental interdisciplinarity and significance of signal transduction for living cells in general. For example, Shinya Yamanaka’s exciting work was built on the four transcriptional signaling proteins, Oct3/4, Sox2, Klf4 and c-Myc.
PMCID: PMC3599230  PMID: 23497077
4.  Lewis Sheiner ISoP/UCSF Lecturer Award: From Drug Use to Statistical Models and Vice Versa 
I was very honored to receive the University of California, San Francisco, and the International Society of Pharmacometrics Lewis Sheiner lecturer award in May 2013. In the present perspective, I outline the main points of my lecture at the American Conference of Pharmacometrics (slides in Supplementary Material 1). I first emphasize the scientific contributions of Lewis Sheiner as a quantitative pharmacologist toward the better use of drugs. I then focus on three statistical topics in pharmacometrics, describing Lewis Sheiner's impact and my own contributions and interactions with him.
PMCID: PMC4288004  PMID: 25545685
PMCID: PMC403082  PMID: 20319285
18.  The Presidential Address* 
PMCID: PMC382046  PMID: 20317966
19.  Presidential Address* 
PMCID: PMC382543  PMID: 20318362
22.  Presidential Address 
PMCID: PMC1524259  PMID: 20313190
23.  The Presidential Address 
PMCID: PMC1524244  PMID: 20313210
24.  Presidential Address 
PMCID: PMC1523966  PMID: 20312324

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