March 16, 2011 - Dilip V. Jeste, MD, Director of the CTRI Education Division, has been inaugurated as the President of the American Psychiatric Association. The APA has close to 38,000 members and is the oldest medical organization in the United States—three years older than the American Medical Association.
During his term as President, Dr. Jeste is planning to lead the world's largest psychiatric association into a new era of "positive psychiatry" that aims not just to reduce psychiatric symptoms but to help patients grow and flourish. This will be especially pertinent to our 21st century society. “The world population is aging,” Dr. Jeste said. “The number of people over 65 will double in the next 20 to 25 years. Some people disparagingly dub this the Silver Tsunami, as if it's a disaster waiting to happen. I strongly disagree with this view,” he continued. “I see the demographic shift not as a Silver Tsunami, but as a Golden Wave, or a Golden Revolution, if you will. Older people are a major resource and not a drain on the society.” This thinking is important also to the design and development of education in all clinical and translational disciplines, so it will play an important role in the evolution of CTRI training programs.
In addition to the above honor, Dr. Jeste received a 2012 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. This organization recognizes a small number of psychiatrists who have substantially improved patient care, research, and community education for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. The award recognizes Dr. Jeste’s accomplishments in all aspects of his academic career.
Dr. Jeste’s dedication to education extends to trainees at all levels of clinical and translational research, as evidenced by his role as Director of the California CTSA Education Consortium, a group representing the five University of California campuses that have received Clinical & Translational Science Awards from the NIH.
About UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute:
UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) is part of a national Clinical and Translational Science Award consortium, led by the National Institutes of Health National Center for Advancing Translational Science. Established in 2010, ACTRI provides infrastructure and support for basic, translational and clinical research throughout the San Diego region to bring discoveries from the laboratory to the bedside, and facilitates training and education of the next generation of researchers. ACTRI carries out its activities in collaboration with institutional and corporate partners and currently has more than 1,500 members.