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April 23, 2016

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LIVE with Robin Morgan podcast #164 featuring Dr. Paul Greengard. Listen here.


December 23, 2014

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The Mind and Its Mysteries: Nobel Prize winner Paul Greengard and Sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard

The biophysicist [Dr. Paul Greengard] and Ms. von Rydingsvard established the $100,000 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize, in partnership with other supporters of Rockefeller University. It’s awarded annually to women for outstanding achievements in science. Two recipients have gone on to win Nobel Prizes themselves. The 2014 award went to Lucy Shapiro, a developmental biologist at Stanford University. (read more)


December 18, 2014

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Crashing the Old Boys' Science Club (Op-Ed)

Publicizing the success of established female scientists is an additional incentive for female trainees to stay focused and do great science. To recognize outstanding female leaders in biology, Rockefeller neuroscientist and Nobel laureate Paul Greengard and his wife, sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard, established the annual Pearl Meister Greengard Prize. (read more)


September 8, 2014

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Lasker Winner Calls for More Genetic Testing for Cancer

The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation awards — often called the “American Nobels” in medical science — were announced Monday morning, and one of the winners used the spotlight to call for greatly widening the use of genetic screening for breast and ovarian cancer.

The recipient, Mary-Claire King, 68, of the University of Washington in Seattle, is one of five scientists being honored; she won the special achievement award for “bold, imaginative” scientific and human rights accomplishments. (read more)

December 6, 2013


Pearl Meister Greengard Prize Winner Followed a Gut Feeling for 16 Years

Pediatric neurologist and neuroscientist Huda Y. Zoghbi won Rockefeller University's 10th annual Pearl Meister Greengard Prize, which on Thursday night she attributed in part to following "a gut feeling." For 16 years, she tracked down a gene mutation that causes Rett Syndrome, a form of autism that only affects girls. None of her male colleagues supported her hunch that Rett Syndrome could be a genetic disorder. (read more)

December 4, 2013

The Huffington Post

The Pearl Meister Greengard Prize: Praising Pioneers in Biomedical Research

There is nothing particularly remarkable about a woman doing science. Any person -- man or woman -- who shows an intellectual curiosity combined with a strong work ethic, good decision making, and a little bit of luck can be successful in science. What is remarkable, however, is the severe underrepresentation of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. And for the few women who pursue these career endeavors, their achievements, however great, often go unsung. (read more)

October 23, 2013


Extra gene makes mice manic

Duplication of a single gene — and too much of the corresponding protein in brain cells — causes mice to have seizures and display manic-like behaviour, a study has found. But a widely used drug reversed the symptoms, suggesting that it could also help some people with hyperactivity who do not respond to common treatments. (read more)

August 30, 2013

The New York Times

All Eyes on Her: ‘Ona,’ by Ursula von Rydingsvard, Arrives in Brooklyn

A crane was standing by, and, as dozens of people looked on, it lifted the 19-foot-high abstract sculpture into place, right under the Center’s distinctive “oculus” overhang. By sunrise on Friday, “Ona,” by the artist Ursula von Rydingsvard, was greeting surprised passers-by. (read more)

June 15, 2013


I Discovered the BRCA1 Gene (and I am delighted the Supreme Court ruled that it cannot be patented)

Mary-Claire King, the geneticist who discovered the BRCA1 gene, says she is delighted by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that makes it illegal to patent it. Her work inspired the forthcoming film Decoding Annie Parker, in which she is portrayed by Helen Hunt. (read more)

November 19, 2012

The Huffington Post

The 2012 Pearl Meister Greengard Award: Honoring Joan A. Steitz, PhD, for her Pioneering Work in RNA Biology

When Nobel laureates do noble deeds, it does not go unrecognized. Using his winnings from the 2000 Nobel Prize in Medicine, Dr. Paul Greengard of The Rockefeller University, along with generous supporters, established the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize to celebrate the outstanding contributions of women in science. (read more)

October 20, 2012

The New York Times

Catching Up With the Oceanographer Sylvia Earle

Sylvia Earle is an oceanographer, explorer and conservationist who has led more than 60 deep-sea expeditions and logged more than 6,000 hours underwater, setting world records for solo diving. (read more)

September 21, 2012

Yale News

At Yale, gender gap in sciences narrows

While a gender gap still exists in the sciences, female students in science, technology, engineering and math fields are better represented at Yale on average than at other colleges and universities nationwide. (read more)

September 10, 2012


Pearl Meister Greengard Prize to be awarded to pioneering RNA researcher Joan Steitz

Joan A. Steitz, a pioneer in the field of RNA biology whose discoveries involved patients with a variety of autoimmune diseases, will be awarded the 2012 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize from The Rockefeller University. The prize, which honors female scientists who have made extraordinary contributions to biomedical science and carries an honorarium of $100,000, will be presented at a ceremony on Thursday, November 29 at Rockefeller University’s Caspary Auditorium. (read more)

November 8, 2011

Fox News

93-Year-Old Wins Prestigious Science Award

At 93-years-old, Brenda Milner is responsible for some of the biggest discoveries in the science of memory.  And she’s still working today, at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.  She’s also the winner of the prestigious Pearl Meister Greengard Prize for her achievements, which includes $100,000 in award money. (read more)

November 6, 2011

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Psychology students who read about Brenda Milner's seminal work with amnesia patients nearly 60 years ago might not suspect that she is, at 93, still engaged full time in research and teaching. Nor that last week, in New York, she would be picking up a major award, the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize, which honors female researchers who have made extraordinary contributions to the biomedical sciences. (read more)

November 3, 2011


Canadian neuroscience pioneer honoured with prestigious U.S. award

Brenda Milner is one of the most important neuroscientists of the 20th century, blazing a trail at McGill University in Montreal at a time when few women held positions of importance in science.  She has received numerous awards for her work and on Thursday, at 93 years old, she’ll be honoured with another. (read more)

November 3, 2011

The Huffington Post

The Man Who Loves Women Who Love Science

Why can't all men be like Nobel Laureate Paul Greengard?

Shortly after he was awarded the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on transmitters in the brain, Dr. Greengard decided to endow a scientific prize of his own -- one most of his fellow Nobel laureates could never even hope to win. (read more)

October 26, 2011

The 2011 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize: Honoring Dr. Brenda Milner for her pioneering work in cognitive neuroscience

Tragic it is when a young mother never gets to meet her newborn child; however, it is also awe-inspiring to see a victim of this circumstance rise above and honor his mother’s sacrifice. (read more)

The Scientist

Beyond Expectation

Philippa “Pippa” Marrack has made some unanticipated discoveries about how the immune system functions in health and disease. (read more)


May 25, 2011


Prestigious Pearl Meister Greengard Prize to be awarded to pioneering memory researcher Brenda Milner

Dr. Brenda Milner, a pioneer in the field of cognitive neuroscience whose discoveries revolutionized the understanding of memory, will be awarded the 2011 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize from The Rockefeller University. The prize, which carries an honorarium of $100,000, recognizes female scientists who have made exceptional contributions to biomedical science, a group that historically has not received appropriate.  (read more)

May 25, 2011


2011 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize to be awarded to McGill University memory researcher

“I am absolutely delighted and amazed to receive this special award and so proud and honored to be representing women scientists in this context,” says Milner. “I am very privileged for having been able to pursue my sense of curiosity within the culture of excellence at the Montreal Neurological Institute, as well as to train and encourage talented young students — driving forces throughout my career to which I attribute much of my success. (read more)

February 7, 2011

The New York Times

The Matriarch of Modern Cancer Genetics: A Conversation with Janet D. Rowley


Dr. Janet Davison Rowley, 85, is the matriarch of modern cancer genetics. Without her 1970s finding that broken and translocated chromosomes were a factor in blood cancers, we might not have the treatments for leukemia that are commonplace today. (read more)



October 5, 2009

The New York Times

3 Americans Share Nobel for Medicine

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded Monday to three American scientists who solved a problem of cell biology with deep relevance to cancer and aging.  The three winners are Elizabeth H. Blackburn of the University of California, San Francisco; Carol W. Greider of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; and Jack W. Szostak of Massachusetts General Hospital. (read more)

October 10, 2008


How Nobel Winners Spend Their Prize Money


American neuroscientist Paul Greengard, a professor at Rockefeller University in New York City, shared the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with two other researchers for their discoveries involving the communication of nerve cells — work that paved the way for the eventual development of antidepressants, such as Prozac. Greengard invested the entire sum of his winnings, about $400,000, to establish a new award: the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize. (read more)

September 26, 2006

The New York Times

He Turned His Nobel Into a Prize for Women: A Conversation with Paul Greengard

When the neuroscientist Paul Greengard was named one of three winners of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, he decided to use his award — almost $400,000 — to finance something new: the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize. (read more)

Paul Greengard News:

December 18, 2015

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7 Honest Pieces of Advice For Scientists From A 90-Year-Old Nobel Laureate

Paul Greengard is a Nobel Laureate, a titan in the field of neuroscience, and still spends most weeks in the lab. Last week he turned 90. (read more)

December 11, 2015

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A Nobel Laureaute Turning 90 Continues to Churn Out Ideas for New Drugs

Paul Greengard has been busy. In August, he co-authored a paper on molecules that appear to regulate genes that might protect against Parkinson's. That same month he took the lead on another paper that describes a protein that plays a key role in producing the toxic peptide implicated in Alzheimer's disease. (read more)

August 20, 2015

Fox News

Scientists identify molecule that could protect against Alzheimer's Disease


“This finding is significant as it provides an opportunity to create new treatments that will protect the brain by activating the pathway we discovered, which will prevent beta amyloid formation,” Nobel Laureate Dr. Paul Greengard, director of The Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research, said in a news release. (read more)

July 20, 2015

Chemical and Engineering News

Sustained by science


“No artist stops working, and I think really dedicated scientists—unless their health doesn’t allow it—are the same way,” Greengard says. “We’re in a creative profession, so it never even occurred to me to stop.” (read more)

January 12, 2012

Imus in the Morning: New Test for Alzheimer's 

FNC’s Dr. Manny Alvarez and Deirdre Imus discuss ways that the Fisher Center is developing new tests to indentify Alzheimer’s. (watch video)

August 21, 2011

Health Report: Brainiacs

Memory Serves: Paul Greengard

In 2000, Paul Greengard received a Nobel Prize for mapping the biochemical process by which nerve cells communicate. That work is being used in the development of drugs that can intervene when processes go awry and lead to psychiatric or neurological abnormalities. (read more)

July 1, 2011

Pain Relievers May Negate Action of SSRIs

Studies in mice of how NSAIDs counteract SSRIs lead to a new hypothesis that may explain why the results of treatment with both classes of medication are not always successful. (read more)

April 26, 2011


Aspirin and Prozac Can Mix Badly, Study Says

"Physicians should consider the advantages and disadvantages of giving an anti-inflammatory with the antidepressant depending on how severe the pain is and how depressed they are," said Paul Greengard, senior author on the paper and head of the molecular and cellular neuroscience lab at Rockefeller. (read more)

April 25, 2011


Drug War: How Advil May Thwart the Benefits of Prozac

"We think this effect is huge," says study author Paul Greengard, a Nobel laureate and professor of neuroscience at Rockefeller University, noting that the effect of the NSAIDs is comparable to the difference seen in clinical trials between antidepressants and placebo. "It's possible that there's a bigger effect than is apparent from these data. It could be a reason that many people are refractory to antidepressant treatment." (read more)

April 25, 2011


Popular Painkillers Can Impair Antidepressants' Effectiveness

Painkillers like Motrin may interfere with antidepressant medications, making it less likely that someone taking both will get relief from depression. (read more)

April, 25, 2011

Fox News

Why Your Antidepressant May Not Be Working

In my opinion, the findings that the use of anti-inflammatory may decrease the effectiveness of many antidepressant medications, by Dr. Paul Greengard and his team are very significant, because chronic pain is often a secondary characteristic of many depressive disorders, and the use of over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs is quite high. (read more)

April 25, 2011

Fox News

Antidepressants, OTC Painkillers Not a Good Combo

Antidepressants, known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, are some of the most commonly prescribed medications on the market today – and for good reason. It’s estimated that more than 20 million people in the United States suffer from depression.

For the study, Warner-Schmidt and Dr. Paul Greengard, a Nobel laureate and director of the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research, treated mice with antidepressants, both in the presence and absence of anti-inflammatory drugs, and then analyzed how the mice behaved in “tasks that are sensitive to antidepressant treatment.”  (read more)

November 5, 2010

Fox News

Finding a Cure for Alzheimer's

Dr. Paul Greengard is closer than anyone else to finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease. He invited Dr. Manny into his lab to find out more about his latest discovery which could help to abolish the condition. (watch video)

September 1, 2010

The New York Times

Finding Suggests New Aim for Alzheimer’s Drugs

In a year when news about Alzheimer’s disease seems to whipsaw between encouraging and disheartening, a new discovery by an 84-year-old scientist has illuminated a new direction. (read more)


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