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Julius Axelrod Ph.D.

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1970
Co-Nobelists Sir Bernard Katz, Ulf von Euler

Pharmacologist. Neurophysiologist. Mechanism for storage, release, inactivation of humoral transmitters in nerve endings. Discovered drug metabolic pathways: hydroxylation, demethylation, deamination, conjugation. Led to liver’s microsomal drug-metabolizing enzymes discovery. Pheochromocytoma. Carboxylmethyl transferase. Melatonin.

Ideal mentor. Infectious exhilaration in discovery. Research was genuine fun. Students came out of lab with same attitude.

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  1. The history of neuroscience in autobiography. vol. 1.
    Editors: Larry R. Squire. Hardcover. ISBN: 9780126603019. Imprint: Academic Press. 18th March 1998. Pages 607
  2. NINDS at 50: Celebrating 50 Years of Brain Research by Lewis P Rowland. EBook. Publisher: New York: Demos Medical Pub., LLC, 2003.
  3. Julius Axelrod, PhD. by Robert Kanigel; American Association of Neurological Surgeons. VHS tape: Publisher: [Park Ridge, Ill.]: The Association, ©1990.
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Axelrod
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Name: Julius Axelrod
Birth: 30 May 1912, New York, NY, USA
Death: 29 December 2004, Rockville, MD, USA
Institution: National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA
Award: "for their discoveries concerning the humoral transmittors in the nerve terminals and the mechanism for their storage, release and inactivation"
Subject: neurophysiology
Portion of Cash: 1/3
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Thesis: ‘The Fate of Phenylisopropylamines.’