Prof. Gabriel Schreiber has been elected as the next Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at BGU. He will take office on August 1, 2011 when Prof. Shaul Sofer ends his term.
Schreiber is Director of the Psychiatry Department at Barzilai Medical Center has been a member of the Faculty of Health Sciences since 1986. He has served as chairman of the selection committee of the Joyce and Irving Goldman Medical School, as Vice-Dean of Students, and is Director of the Psychotherapy program in BGU's school for continuing education at Barzilai Medical Center.
Prof. Schreiber was born in Tel Aviv and completed a B.Sc. in biology, an M.Sc. in biochemistry and a Ph.D. in neuro-biochemistry parallel to his medical school studies at Tel Aviv University. He later specialized in psychiatry at Beer-Sheva's Mental Health Center and managed the clinic for trauma victims at Soroka University Medical Center, before continuing his psycho-pharmacological research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda, Maryland and later studying psychotherapy at BGU.
His research focuses on the involvement of G proteins and beta-arrestins, which are used in cellular transfer of signals and their supervision, in action mechanisms of action of antidepressants and mood stabilizers, in pathophysiology, in the diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders. His research has won international awards including the Bennett Award for young researchers, the Ziskind-Somerfeld Research Award from the from the American Society of Biological Psychiatry, and the Anna-Monika Prize for outstanding research in depression.