Scientific Report 2007
The Harold L. Dorris Neurological Research Institute
depression 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 $10 million long-term commitment by Helen L. Dorris through the Harold L. Dorris
Foundation, named in her brother's 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.
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 Olivia Osborn, from Oxford
University in England. The visiting professors at the institute in 2006 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 from Basel, Switzerland.
In 2006, the
faculty of the institute expanded beyond the founding members with the election
of 2 talented young faculty members: Marisa Roberto, who is working on substance
addiction, and Dorian McGavern, who is working on clearance of viral infections
from the brain.