Remembering Dr. Paul Greengard

photo by Karston Moran, New York Times

The entire faculty and staff of the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center mourn the passing of Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Paul Greengard, PhD. Dr. Greengard was Vincent Astor Professor and head of the Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience at Rockefeller University as well as the director of the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research.

Dr. Jeffrey Greenfield studied under Dr. Greengard during his MD/PhD training and also collaborated on many research papers with him. “His oversight of my scientific training during a critical phase of my career—including a memorable full-day line-by-line review of my PhD thesis shortly after he broke his leg—has been an indelible memory for me, and a powerful reminder for me of the importance of mentorship,” said Dr. Greenfield. “No matter how famous and busy he became, he always had time for his students and trainees.