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Dr Candace Dorinda <I>Beebe</I> Pert

Dr Candace Dorinda Beebe Pert

Birth
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 12 Sep 2013 (aged 67)
Potomac, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 117348899 · View Source
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Neuroscientist and researcher. Dr. Pert is considered a pioneer in the field of mind-body science and an internationally recognized pharmacologist. She discovered the opiate receptor while a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University. This earned her boss, Solomon H. Snyder, an Albert Lasker Award in 1978. This award is often a precursor to the Nobel Prize. Not content with the status quo of graduate students, and especially women, being overlooked for their contributions, Pert spoke out, laying out her contribution to the discovery and expressing her anger at being excluded. Opiate receptors in the brain are called endorphins and they respond to pain and stress like morphine and opium. In addition to decreased feelings of pain, secretion of endorphins leads to feelings of euphoria, modulation of appetite, release of sex hormones, and enhancement of the immune response. In 1975, she joined the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH)in Bethesda, Maryland and continued her research to include neuropeptides, used by the brain for communication. In 1982, she became the Chief of the Section on Brain Biochemistry of the Clinical Neuroscience Branch, the only female chief at NIMH, and led the team that discovered Peptide T, a chemical thought to be capable of slowing the HIV virus and improving memory in Alzheimer's patients. She wrote "Molecules of Emotion," and was an expert on Bill Moyers' 1993 PBS video production, "Healing and the Mind." In 2006 she was honored by the New York Open Center for her "leadership across the bridge between science and heart." In 2008 she received the first annual award of the Theophrastus Paracelsus Foundation in Holistic Medicine for her pioneering work in the area of psychoneuroimmunology. Dr. Pert published 252 scientific papers, and wrote or was featured in 7 books. She also lectured worldwide on peptides and their receptors and the role of these neuropeptides in the immune system, as well as on several other subjects, including her theories on emotions and mind-body communication. In December 2001, she was featured in The Washingtonian magazine as one of Washington's fifty "Best and Brightest" individuals. She also held a number of patents for the use of peptides in the treatment of psoriasis, Alzheimer's disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, stroke and head trauma. "The Sydney Morning Herald profiled Pert in 2004: As a mere graduate student, in 1972 Candace Pert discovered the brain’s opiate receptor – the cellular site where the body’s painkillers and 'bliss-makers,' the endorphins – bond with cells to weave their magic. Pert’s discovery led to a revolution in neuroscience, helping open the door to the 'information-based' model of the brain which is now replacing the old 'structuralist' model..."


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 117348899
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