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NINDS at 50

SKU# 9781888799712

Celebrating 50 Years of Brain Research

Author: Lewis P. Rowland MD


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NINDS has been one of the most powerful motors that pulled and pushed the rise of modern neuroscience. This book was written in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the institute. Its history and the history of neurology and neuroscience are essentially one. Well written, and lavishly accompanied by photographs that span the last half-century, this book will be a welcome addition to the library of everyone in brain research and the clinical neurosciences.

The first half is a history of the Institute, starting with the enabling legislation and concentrating on the people who made NINDS a powerhouse of neuroscience research The cast includes administrators, legislators, scientists and two unique women, Mary Lasker and Florence Mahoney. Against this background, the leaders of the intramural program provide the history of major contributions. The much larger extramural program encompasses biomedical research centers throughout the United States. NINDS has been a major source of training for basic scientists in neurosciences and the single major source in developing clinical investigation. In the process modern scientific neurology and neurosurgery have been created. Oral histories provide human terms for the history.

More than half of the book is devoted to biographies of scientists whose contributions earned special recognition by Lasker Awards or Nobel Prizes. Among them are Kety, Louis Sokoloff, Roscoe Brady, Nancy Wexler, Carleton Gajdusek, Stanley Prusiner, Julius Axelrod, Arvid Carlsson, Paul Greengard and Eric Kandel. Together, their stories provide a history of scientific advance.


Product Details 

  • Publication Date February 01, 2003
  • Page Count 300
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781888799712
  • EISBN 9781934559345

Table of Contents 

"Foreword: Audrey S. Penn, M.D. Birth and Development. Birth; First Steps; Development. Maturity. Directors of NINDS; The Scientific Directors; Intramural Program; Extramural Program; Training; Big Tickets: Collaborative and Field Studies; Decade of the Brain: David Mahoney and The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives; The Voluntaries. NINDS-Supported Nobel and Lasker Awards. Five Lasker Awards and Six Nobels; Seymour S. Kety, M.D.; Louis Sokoloff, M.D.; Nancy S. Wexler, Ph.D.; Roscoe O. Brady, M.D.; D. Carleton Gajdusek, M.D.; Stanley B. Prusiner, M.D.; Celebrating the Synapse; Julius Axelrod, Ph.D.; Arvid Carlsson, M.D.; Paul Greengard, Ph.D.; Eric R. Kandel, M.D. Looking to the Future. One Brain Science, Genomics, the Clinical Neurosciences, and the Future of NINDS. A Neuroscience Timeline. A Neuroscience Timeline; Fifty Years of Advances in Neuroscience. Appendices. NIH Institutes, Offices, and Centers, September 2001; NINDS Extramural Program Directors, September 2001; NINDS Intramural Researchers, September 2001; NINDS Administrative Organization, 1951-2001."

Editorial Review(s) 

"Well written, and accompanied by many photographs of people working in or affiliated to NINDS during the past 50 years, this book presents a living history of this uniqueinstitution that has been of enormous impact to research in many areas of neurology, neurosurgery, genetics, and neurosciences. One has tocongratulate Dr. Rowland for this excellent work that provides deep insights into the structure and function of the NINDS. May it flourish and progress further during the next decades." -- European Journal of Neurology

"An excellent monograph on the 50 years of history of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke... This volume should be a part of every Neuroinstitute's Library to inspire younger neuroscientists, not only to match but surpass the achievements of those who built this Institute." -- World Neurology

"It's amazing how (Dr. Rowland) made the people and the issues, both scientific and political, come alive. This is a fantastic intellectual resource for future historians of science, and a great crash course in neural science for the current generation of students." -- Dr. John Koester, Director of the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, Columbia University

"The story of how neurology has been transformed into one of the most rapidly expanding and exciting areas of current medical advance is intimately bound up with the story of the National Institute for Neurological Disease and Stroke (NINDS), which is engagingly told by Lewis P. Rowland in NINDS at 50. Dr Rowland has himself been at the heart of progress in neurology over the past half century, and, like so many of the major figures in the USA, spent a formative period in the institute." -- The Lancet Neurology

"Anyone interested in the development of neuroscience in the last half of the 20th century will benefit from reading this work." -- Journal of the American Medical Association