with Pioneer Dr. Ira Black About Parkinsonís Disease
hard to believe that this internationally known clinical neurologist
and neuroscientist, at the cutting edge of research, wasnít thinking
of medicine when he was in college. Although he was graduated
from the Bronx High School of Science, he went on to Columbia
University where he got a B.A. in philosophy. Somewhere along
the way, however, and certainly by the time he entered Harvard
Medical School, he had become ďmore interested in the organ that
philosophizes than in philosophy.Ē And so began the career of
one of the most distinguished research scientists in the country.
For the past 10 years Dr. Ira Black has been professor and chairman
of the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology at the UMDNJ-Robert
Wood Johnson Medical School, Director of the Joint Graduate Program
in Physiology and Neurobiology there and at Rutgers, and is past
president of the Society for Neuroscience
of North America. A descriptive listing of agency, society, committee,
and board affiliations; of publications, including major texts;
of patents granted and pending; of peer-journal editorial positions;
and of visiting professorships at major universities would consume
this entire newspaper. Itís said that he may be the most significant
researcher working on Parkin-sonís Disease of
approved drug and surgical therapies.
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