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Maryland Psychiatric Research Center (MPRC)

Mission Statement

The Maryland Psychiatric Research Center (MPRC) is an internationally renowned research center, which is dedicated to providing treatment to patients with schizophrenia and related disorders, educating professionals and consumers about schizophrenia, and conducting basic and translational research into the manifestations, causes, and treatment of schizophrenia.

The MPRC is a University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Organized Research Center, which resides in UMSOM Department of Psychiatry and operates as a joint program between UMSOM and the Maryland Department of Health.

The MPRC is the home of the NIMH-sponsored Silvio O. Conte Center for Translational Mental Health Research.

The MPRC is located in Catonsville, Maryland, just south of Baltimore.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships Available

The Maryland Psychiatric Research Center (MPRC), an international leader in schizophrenia and translational research, is accepting applications for a two-year training fellowship. The MPRC has a strong record of helping fellows develop successful careers in diverse research areas within the context of schizophrenia and related disorders and new paradigms for discovery. See our website at

Current research areas include psychopharmacology, behavioral and developmental neuroscience, neurochemistry, neuroimaging, cognitive neuroscience, treatment trials, and genetics. Please see for information about the MPRC's research programs and potential faculty mentors.

The goal of the fellowship is to train psychiatrists, psychologists, pharmacists, and basic scientists to become leading researchers in the area of schizophrenia and related disorders. The program combines individual mentored basic and clinical research with educational experiences including grant writing workshops and individualized career development.

Applicants must hold an M.D. with completed residency training in psychiatry, a Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience, basic science relevant to the fellowship goal, or a Pharm D. 

Only U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents can apply.  Positions start on or after July 1, 2021. Applicants should send a statement of research interests, C.V., and 3 letters of recommendation to Gregory Elmer, Ph.D., at

The University of Maryland, Baltimore is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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Former MPRC Director, Dr. Robert W. Buchanan, provides an overview of the center.

Robert Schwarcz, Ph.D. wins the 2022 Lieber Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Schizophrenia Research from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

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