Dr. Leo Abood, Nationally-known Neuroscientist, Dies

February 16, 1998

Leo G. Abood, Ph.D., nationally-known professor of pharmacology and biochemistry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and mentor to many scientists, died suddenly in New York City on Jan. 18. He was 76.

Dr. Abood came to Rochester in 1965 from the University of Illinois where he was director of research at that university's Neuropsychiatric Institute. At the University of Rochester, he was one of the first faculty involved in creating the Center for Brain Research. Through the center's work, Rochester became the second university in the country to grant a doctoral degree in neuroscience.

For more than four decades, Dr. Abood conducted innovative research on the effect of drugs on the brain's metabolic pathways. He recently synthesized an irreversible agent for nicotine receptors in the brain and was exploring its potential as a possible therapeutic agent for Alzheimer's disease.

During the course of his career, Dr. Abood authored or coauthored more than 200 research papers and served on 13 federal scientific committees and on six editorial boards. In addition, he was a trustee of the Brain Research Foundation at the University of Chicago; chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Tobacco Health Research Institute; and a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee, Toxicology Division U. S. Army Chemical Research and Development.

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