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The tradition at UC San Diego, both on the general campus and within the medical school, is that of academic excellence. The Department of Psychiatry shares in this tradition of excellence in research. We have established world class scientific programs in basic and clinical neuroscience, mood and affect disorders, panic and anxiety disorders, alcoholism and substance abuse, molecular genetics, cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology, AIDS research, schizophrenia, psychopharmacology and neuropsychoendocrinology to highlight a few of our research programs. Fellows in our program have the unique opportunity to collaborate with our nationally recognized faculty as they develop and pursue their individual research projects. Projects can be presented in a department-wide house-staff competition for the annual Chairman's Prize for Research.