IASP eNewsletter - Aug 2014

Honorary Member Edward R. Perl Has Died

Edward R. Perl, MD, an honorary IASP member, has died. Born 1926 in Chicago, he spent most of his career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was the Sarah Graham Kenan professor of cell and molecular physiology at UNC School of Medicine. Perl also established a prize in his name, the Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize, which includes a $10,000 award in recognition of a seminal achievement in neuroscience. Past recipients include four subsequent winners of the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine.

In The History of Neuroscience in Autobiography, published in 2001, Perl documented in 48 pages his personal and professional life. According to the book, “Perl was a pioneer in the physiology of cutaneous afferent fibers. He made fundamental contributions to the physiology of pain and temperature senses, including the discovery of the several kinds of nociceptors, their specific central connections, and their sensitization. He was instrumental in the formation of the Society for Neuroscience and served as acting president in its first year of existence (1969-70).”