In memoriam

March 2015

Jack Diamond, former scientific director of the MNI, died on August 19, 2014 in Joseph Brandt Hospital in Burlington, Ontario at the age of 86. Jack Diamond was the Founding Chairman of the Neuroscience Department in McMaster University’s newly opened Medical School in 1969. He was instrumental in attracting an international team of researchers to that department. On academic leave from McMaster in the mid 1990s, he became Scientific Director of the Montreal Neurological Institute working alongside the MNI’s director, Dr. Richard Murphy.  At the time of his passing, he was Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University.
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Leon Katz, O.C., O. Ont., P. Eng (1924-2015) was a Canadian bio-medical engineering pionner. Katz worked closely with Dr. Wilder Penfield, crafting leucatomes, and myriad other devices, with Leslie Geddes in direct response to Dr. Penfield’s particular needs.  He invented Canada’s first heart-lung pump, worked on the first cardiac pace-maker, invented the first fetal monitor, baby incubator and dozens of other astonishing devices, as well as converting defibrillators from AC to DC current.
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Wendy Penfield, writer and granddaughter of Wilder Penfield, passed away in October 2014.
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Ann Redfern (1936 – 2014), longtime volunteer and co-founder of The Friends of The Neuro, passed away in October 2014.
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Theodore Sourkes served as Professor at the McGill Departments of Psychiatry, Biochemistry and Pharmacology and Therapeutics. His contributions have been of significance for the above disciplines, as well as for Neuroscience and Neurology. Before his McGill years, he developed Aldomet as one of the first anti-hypertensive drugs. During his McGill time, he led an internationally renowned lab focused on the biochemistry of brain catecholamines. He pioneered the concept of L-DOPA replacement therapy in Parkinson’s disease. This therapy has improved the quality of life for thousands if not millions of patients worldwide, a therapeutic concept which still remains valid.
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