It Is Time To Take A Stand For Medical Research And Against Terrorism Targeting Medical Scientists

Krystal, John H.; Carter, Cameron S.; Geschwind, Daniel; Manji, Husseini K.; March, John S.; Nestler, Eric J.; Zubieta, Jon-Kar; Charney, Dennis S.; Goldman, David; Gur, Raquel E.; Lieberman, Jeffrey A.; Roy-Byrne, Peter; Rubinow, David R.; Anderson, Stewart A.; Barondes, Samuel; Berman, Karen F.; Blair, James; Braff, David L.; Brown, E. Sherwood; Calabrese, Joseph R.; Carlezon, William A.; Cook, Edwin H.; Davidson, Richard J.; Davis, Michael; Desimone, Robert; Drevets, Wayne C.; Duman, Ronald S.; Essock, Susan M.; Faraone, Stephen V.; Freedman, Robert; Friston, Karl J.; Gelernter, Joel; Geller, Barbara; Gill, Michael; Gould, Elizabeth; Grace, Anthony A.; Grillon, Christian; Gueorguieva, Ralitza; Hariri, Ahmad R.; Innis, Robert B.; Jones, Edward G.; Kleinman, Joel E.; Koob, George F.; Krystal, Andrew D.; Leibenluft, Ellen; Levinson, Douglas F.; Levitt, Pat R.; Lewis, David A.; Liberzon, Israel; Lipska, Barbara K.; Marder, Stephen R.; Markou, Athina; Mason, Graeme F.; McDougle, Christopher J.; McEwen, Bruce S.; McMahon, Francis J.; Meaney, Michael J.; Meltzer, Herbert Y.; Merikangas, Kathleen R.; Meyer-Lindenberg, Andreas; Mirnics, Károly; Monteggia, Lisa M.; Neumeister, Alexander; O’Brien, Charles P.; Owen, Michael J.; Pine, Daniel S.; Rapoport, Judith L.; Rauch, Scott L.; Robbins, Trevor W.; Rosenbaum, Jerrold F.; Rosenberg, David R.; Ross, Christopher A.; Rush, A John; Sackeim, Harold A.; Sanacora, Gerard; Schatzberg, Alan F.; Shaham, Yavin; Siever, Larry J.; Sunderland, Trey; Tecott, Laurence H.; Thase, Michael E.; Todd, Richard D.; Weissman, Myrna M.; Yehuda, Rachel; Yoshikawa, Takeo; Young, Elizabeth A.; McCandless, R.

Terrorists are attacking scientists who are attempting to alleviate human suffering. We need a concerted public effort to eliminate these acts, particularly the harassment of scientists studying nonhuman primates. This need is highlighted by the attacks upon the home of our friend and colleague, the noted medical scientist, Dr. Edythe London, professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences and of molecular and medical pharmacology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Her work exemplifies the unique role of research involving nonhuman primates in enabling the results of research in simple systems (oocytes, cell culture) and lower organisms to be applied to human diseases. The importance of Dr. London’s research was highlighted in a public letter issued on February 8, 2008 from the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Elias Zerhouni, who stated, “her work is a prime example of NIH’s efforts … to develop effective treatments for people suffering from addiction—a disease that devastates individuals, families, communities, and costs society more than half a trillion dollars annually in health and crime-related costs and losses in productivity.”


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February 1, 2022