In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Professor Julian Leff

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Professor Julian Leff. A symposium has been organized on 26 May in honour of Professor Julian Leff. Register at Please see the In Memoriam posted by the World Psychiatric Association at WPA In Memoriam.


In Memoriam: Niki Erlenmeyer-Kimling, PhD

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Niki Erlenmeyer-Kimling. Dr. Erlenmeyer-Kimling mentored many SIRS members, and inspired countless more, with her scientific rigor, generativity, and generosity of spirit. She was a pioneering scientist in experimental behavioral genetics and genetic high-risk studies. A true role model in science for more than a half a century, she was awarded the William K. Warren Schizophrenia Research Award from ICOSR in 1995. Please see the obituary posted by NY Times at


In Memoriam: Deborah L. Levy, PhD

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Dr. Deborah Levy, Director of the Psychology Research Laboratory at McLean Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Levy was a brilliant scientist, longtime member of the Schizophrenia International Research Society (SIRS), and collaborator to many. Beginning in the 1970’s she became known for her pioneering studies with Philip Holzman investigating the genetics of schizophrenia in multiplex families and showing that abnormal smooth-pursuit eye tracking was a genetic marker for schizophrenia. She later continued to develop this valuable family resource for use in studies of various candidate gene mutations and mechanisms underlying schizophrenia.  Dr. Levy was a mentor to many fellow SIRS members as well as served on numerous SIRS committees. Please see the in memoriam posted by McLean hospital at


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