Scientific Report 2006
The Harold L. Dorris Neurological Research Institute
and schizophrenia affect millions of people. Treatment of these conditions requires
an understanding of their underpinnings, and this need is addressed by The Harold
L. Dorris Neurological Research Institute. Founded in 1999 as the result of a long-term
$10 million commitment by Helen L. Dorris through the Harold L. Dorris Foundation,
named in her brothers honor, the institute has attracted an international
cadre of scientists from France, Switzerland, Sweden, Mexico, and Italy in such
disciplines as neurology, immunology, chemistry, molecular biology, and endocrinology
to study neurologic disorders.
The institute also funds the Helen Dorris
Fellow in Schizophrenia, a named fellowship position for a postdoctoral researcher
to study aspects of schizophrenia and depression from the neurobiological perspectives.
The current fellow is Lisa Sharkey. The visiting professors at the institute in
2005 were the noted electrophysiologist and member of the French Academy of Sciences
Henri Korn from the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France; noted pharmacologist and
member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Lars Terenius from the Karolinska
Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden; and molecular immunologist Hermann Gram and molecular
pharmacologist Daniel Hoyer from Basel, Switzerland.
In 2006, the faculty of the institute
expanded beyond the founding faculty members with the election of 3 talented young
faculty members: Dorian McGavern, Eric Zorrilla, and Marisa Roberto.