Bruce McEwen Lifetime Achievement Award

The International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE) has awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards for over 20 years to a distinguished line of outstanding scientists in the field of psychoneuroendocrinology, for their contributions to our understanding of brain-body interactions.

Note that the name for this award (formerly the Lifetime Achievement Award) was changed in 2020, when the award was renamed to honor PNE pioneer, Bruce E. McEwen. Bruce was awarded the lifetime achievement award in 2001.

 The 2024 Bruce McEwen Lifetime Achievement Award will be given by the Society during its Annual Meeting that will take place virtually on September 12th  and 13th 2024. The awardee will present a lecture at the 2024 annual meeting, and the award will be presented in-person at the 2025 in-person annual meeting.

 All ISPNE members are invited to submit their nominations (name and a brief statement of support) via email with “Bruce McEwen Lifetime Achievement Award” as the subject line to ISPNE President Emma Adam at the following e-mail address:  [email protected].

The deadline for submissions is June 15th, 2024.

2023 ISPNE Bruce McEwen Lifetime Achievement Award





Jonathan Seckl, PhD
University of Edinburgh

Professor Jonathan Seckl was made Professor of Endocrinology in 1996 and was elected to the Moncrieff-Arnott Chair of Molecular Medicine in 1997. Professor Seckl's clinical work focuses on endocrinology with expertise in disorders of the hypothalamus (notably diabetes insipidus), pituitary and adrenal glands and has an interest in the genetics and molecular basis of endocrine disorders.

In research, Professor Seckl has worked for 30 years on the hormonal underpinnings of stress, the role of glucocorticoid hormones and their metabolism in understanding how events before birth 'programme' the risks of later disorders of the brain and body, on new approaches to understand and treat age-associated disorders of memory and how glucocorticoid hormones may cause obesity and metabolic disease.  More than 40 doctors and scientists have completed PhDs in his laboratory. He has written over 400 papers and is one of Scotland's most cited medical scientists. He has spoken widely at academic meeting, to the press and lay audiences.

In Edinburgh, Professor Seckl set up and led the Molecular Medicine Centre at the Western General Hospital, initiated and led the Centre for the Study of the Ageing Brain, was inaugural Head of the School of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, and Executive Dean and Director of Research for the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. He is Vice Principal for Research at the University of Edinburgh.  Professor Seckl co-chairs grant committees at the Wellcome Trust and the Technology Strategy Board-MRC.  He has been elected to the Councils of the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Society for Endocrinology. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the Academy of Medical Sciences and The Royal Society of Edinburgh.


Previous Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

2023: Jonathan Seckl


2015: Alan Schatzberg

2004: George Chrousos

2022: Robert Sapolsky


2014: Michael Meaney

2003: Mary Dallman

2021: Ned Kalin


2013: David Spiegel

2002: Arthur Prange

2020: James Herman

2012: Dirk Hellhammer

2001: Etienne Baulieu

2019: Marian Joëls

2007: Ron de Kloet

2001: Bruce McEwen

2018: Megan Gunnar

2006: Wylie Vale

2000: George Fink

2015: Charles Nemeroff 

2005: John Mason

2000: Seymour Levine