The Abram Hoffer Lecture Series biennial award serves as a tribute to Dr. Hoffer’s decades-long career as an innovative, pioneering scientist and psychiatrist who developed the first evidence-based nutritional treatments to support recovery for patients with mental illness. The award is administered by the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) with support from the International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine (ISOM).

The 1st place paper was published in the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine Volume 35, Number 2:

Effects of Magnesium on Immune Response in Treatment-Resistant Depression
Submitted by Jenny Jun


The papers awarded 2nd and 3rd place prizes are now available for readers:


2nd Place Award
Vitamin C for Treating Depression in Cancer Patients: A Literature Review
Submitted by Jordan Kerner, Erica Eckstrand and Monique Aucoin

3rd Place Award
An Unusual Early Presentation of Suspected Blood Disorder With Pancytopenia and Secondary Hypersplenism: A Case Report Submitted by Maryanne D’Silva


Eligible papers were required to focus on an aspect of orthomolecular treatment in the provision of patient care, according to the submission guidelines. The 2020 Review Panel was comprised of: John Hoffer, MD, PhD (Professor, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University); Steven Carter (Director, International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine); Jonathan Prousky, ND (Professor and Chief Naturopathic Medical Officer, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine); and Bob Bernhardt, PhD (President and CEO, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine).