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Jack Diamond founded neuroscience at McMaster

Published: September 2, 2014
Jack Diamond
Dr. Jack Diamond

Dr. Jack Diamond, who helped establish neuroscience at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine of McMaster University, died Aug.19 at age 86.

Diamond was well known for his infectious enthusiasm as an instructor, but renowned for his research in developmental neurobiology and the neurobiology of aging.

He received his medical training and a PhD in physiology at University College, London with post-doctoral studies at Harvard University before joining McMaster in 1970.

He was a professor and the first chair of the Department of Neuroscience, now part of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, and he was instrumental in attracting an international team of researchers to the new medical school.

Diamond continued his research beyond his retirement as professor emeritus in 1993; he also held positions as an associate director of the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University and scientific director of the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

He leaves his wife Dusica Maysinger, children Alison and Gareth and step-children Matthew, Michael and Laura. 

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