, Volume 26, Issue 4-6, pp 347-348
Date: 07 Jun 2006

Introduction

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For most of the second half of the 20th century, the intramural program of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) was one of the leading research centers for neurochemistry, attracting the brightest and the best from around the globe. Throughout this period, Julius Axelrod was the scientific soul of this Institute. Following his death in December, 2004, many of his students, post-docs, and colleagues gathered at the NIH to pay their respects in just the way that Julie would have wanted it, with a lot of science and a little humor. The papers in this special issue of CEMN are, in part, the result of this tribute to Julie.

Julie arrived at NIH in 1950, initially in the National Heart Institute with James Shannon. In 1955, after receiving his PhD (at age 42), Julie was recruited to the NIMH to set up a section on pharmacology in a laboratory led by Ed Evarts. For nearly five decades he worked quietly and carefully in his small laboratory in the Clinical Center, a true scientist's s ...