Stephen F. Heinemann, a Salk neuroscientist and expert on neurotransmitter receptors in the brain, died after a long illness on August 6 in San Diego. He was 75.

Heinemann joined Salk's faculty in 1970 and established the Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory. By the late 1980s, his program ranked number one worldwide.


"Steve was a giant of twentieth century neuroscience," says William Brody, president of the Salk Institute. "His discoveries opened many avenues to better understand the function of the brain and for pursuing new therapies for neurological disorders."


Born February 11, 1939 in Boston, Heinemann earned a bachelor's degree from the California Institute of Technology, a PhD in biochemistry from Harvard University and completed postdoctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University School of Medicine.


A president of the Society for Neuroscience, his honors include the Bristol-Myers Squibb Distinguished Achievement in Neuroscience Research Award and the Julius Axelrod Prize.


Heinemann is survived by his wife, the former Ann Reischauer; sons Nate, Danny, Quentin and Tad; daughter Eden Westgarth; sisters Marcia Saunders, Kristel Heinemann, Marianna Holzer and Heidi Holzer; and 12 grandchildren.

Salk professor Tony Hunter receives award from Royal Society of London

Salk Institute professor Tony Hunter has been awarded the 2014 Royal Medal for biological sciences by the Royal Society of London. The award recognizes Hunter, director of Salk's NCI-designated Cancer Center, for his significant contributions to understanding the chemical signaling that tells cells when to multiply. "I am extremely honored to join the scientific luminaries who make up the list of past biological sciences medal winners," says Hunter, who is also an American Cancer Society professor and the holder of Salk's Renato Dulbecco Chair. 


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Terrence J. Sejnowski

Terry Sejnowski and colleagues show that cells traditionally thought to be supportive in the brain are actually crucial for some forms of memory.

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Kuo-Fen Lee

Kuo-Fen Lee discovered how a small molecule in simpler animals can convince damaged nerves to regrow, pointing the way to a potential therapy for spinal cord injuries and paralysis. 

Press release: Salk scientists uncover new clues to repairing an injured spinal cord 

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Lhx1 maintains sychrony among circadian oscillator neurons

Satchin Panda reveals more about how light and dark cycles affect human health, and the possible reason for jet lag.

Press release: Single gene controls jet lag 

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(From left) Xudong Li, Ye Zheng and Yuqiong Liang

Ye Zheng shows how a change in a critical area of a type of immune cell results in autoimmune disorders and some cancers.

Press release: Genetic signal prevents immune cells from turning against the body

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Image: Maria do Céu Madureira

David Schubert's lab revealed that an African plant may reduce some symptoms associated with mental disorders.

Press release: Analysis of African plant reveals possible treatment for aging brain

Select media coverage: Voice of America

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 
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In the Media


Science mecca blooms on La Jolla mesa

August 9, 2014

U-T San Diego 


Wooing the big bucks

August 2, 2014

U-T San Diego  


Spotlight on Women:

Marsha A. Chandler, Ph.D.

August 2014

San Diego Magazine


Inside the Icon: Salk Institute 

July 23,2014

San Diego Magazine



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