'Special' is the word that comes most readily to mind when remembering Athina Markou. Our field lost a special person when Professor Athina Markou passed away on 18 May 2016, at home with her husband and Greek relatives, after a 4-year battle with cancer. In a life well lived, albeit too short, Athina accomplished a great deal, most visably in her Neuropsychopharmacology career. But Athina was much more than a scientist: there was Athina the Greek citizen; Athina the adventurer; Athina the skier; Athina the balletomane; and Athina the friend/mentor/wife.
Larry's approach to science was admirable. His data were derived from meticulous methodologies, his results were interpreted with insight, and his publications were carefully composed to convey meanings that were simultaneously conservative and progressive. His breadth and depth of knowledge, coupled with fast intellectual processing, enabled him to interact with myriad collaborators and trainees.
On November 25, 2013, the neuroscience community lost a wonderful friend and colleague when Dr. Nancy Kishlar Mello died. On both personal and professional levels, Nancy enriched our lives and contributed directly and indirectly to our careers.
Candace Pert passed away in Potomac, Maryland on September 12, 2013 at the age of 67. She was born in New York City in 1946 and received a B.S. in Biology from Bryn Mawr College in 1970 followed by graduate studies in pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine under Dr. Solomon Snyder.
On October 19, 2012, our Field lost a brilliant mind. Claude de Montigny passed away peacefully during his sleep in his
family home in Outremont, Québec. Claude was only 67 years old. The unexpected news that friends and close colleagues received the very next day threw an intense wave of sadness in our hearts.
Originally trained as an experimental psychologist, Maressa Hecht Orzack studied with three of the founders of what is now called radical behaviorism, B.F. Skinner, W.N. Schoenfeld, and Fred S. Keller.
Peter J. Morgane was a Neuroscientist and Neuropharmacologist. His interest in feeding behavior and the effects of nutrition on brain development were key aspects of his research throughout his career.
Roger P. Maickel, Ph.D., served 10 years as a member of the Indiana Controlled Substance Advisory Committee, and co-authored numerous scientific papers and contributed to numerous textbooks.
Billy R. Martin was universally recognized as one of the top
pharmacologists in the field of cannabinoid research
and added significantly to our knowledge of the
mechanism of action of nicotine and other drugs of
Douglas M. McNair, Ph.D., and his colleagues empirically confirmed the existence of six mood or affective state factors: Tension-Anxiety, Depression-Dejection, Anger-
Hostility, Vigor-Activity, Fatigue-Inertia, and
Jack Harold Mendelson, M.D., Ph.D., devoted his research career to studying the behavioral and biological aspects of alcoholism and drug abuse. He served as chief of the National Center for Prevention and Control of Alcoholism from 1966-1970, the first federal program to focus on alcoholism.
Dr. Merlis' research center was one of the first 15 awardees when Jonathan Cole and the Psychopharmacology Service Center established the Early Clinical Drug Evaluation program in 1960. He was a founding member of both the ACNP (1961) and the CINP (1962).
Alfred Pletcher, M.D., Ph.D., was instrumental in introducing the first monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor, the benzodiazepines, and levodopa into medicine. The rise of biological therapies for psychiatric disorders and the introduction of effective treatment for Parkinson's disease will always be linked to his name.
Sachindra Nath Pradhan, M.D., Ph.D. was an accomplished scientist, a patriotic Indian and a visionary. His vision culminated in creation of the Center for Neurosciences at the Calcutta University. It represents the first such center in Eastern India and one of very few in India.
Frederic M. Quitkin, M.D., pioneered a report of subtle neurologic impairments in people with schizophrenia that was dramatically ahead of its time. The report showed that what was then thought to be a disorder psychologically induced by defective parenting, was actually the result of disordered structure and function in the central nervous system.
Oakley Ray, Ph.D., had the longest tenure of any individual in any elected ACNP position. It is no exaggeration to say that he did the most from an organizational point of view of any of its members to make the ACNP the preeminent scientific society in its field.
The research of Lee N. Robins, Ph.D, placed her at the forefront of psychiatric epidemiology research, with a career spanning five decades. Her early work focused on the effect of psychiatric disorders occurring in childhood on later adult life, spawning her seminal work, “Deviant Children Grown Up”, published by Williams & Wilkins in 1966.
Sir Martin Roth, M.D., played a role in the differentiation and classification of mental diseases, mainly those associated with old age.