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Eighth Annual Central Massachusetts Regional Brain Bee 
The University of Massachusetts Medical School Department of Psychiatry along with the Brudnick Neuropsychiatric Research Institute (BNRI) held its 8th Annual Central Massachusetts Regional Brain Bee on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA. Congratulations to Liam Gong, Sophomore from Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, MA. Liam is the winner of the Brain Bee competition and the Andrew M. Sheridan Young Neuroscientist Award. See photos and read more information about the day here.


Andrew R. Tapper, PhD, is serving as interim director of the Department of Psychiatry’s Irving S. and Betty Brudnick Neuropsychiatric Research Institute (BNRI).

Tapper is an associate professor who joined the department in 2006 and has been “extremely productive as a researcher, mentor, teacher, and leader in his BNRI laboratory,” according to Douglas Ziedonis, MD, MPH, department chairman.

Tapper’s research focuses on the molecular basis of nicotine addiction, with an emphasis on neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in addiction and neurological disease. Tapper and Dr. Paul Gardner co-lead their merged laboratories.

Gardner will continue to serve as the Associate Director of the BNRI. Tapper will report directly to Dr. Jean King, who will continue to provide oversight for the BNRI / CCNI in her role as vice chair of research for the Department of Psychiatry.