Susan Leeman received her bachelor’s degree from Goucher College in 1951 and her master’s degree and PhD from Radcliffe College in 1954 and 1958, respectively. She then moved to Brandeis University where she made two major discoveries in brain extracts: one peptide that could stimulate salivary secretion and the other a vasoactive peptide with different biological properties. Research on both of these peptides has become fruitful fields of research for many investigators. After spending time at Harvard Medical School and the University of Massachusetts Medical School she moved to Boston University in 1992 where she now continues to work in the Department of Pharmacology. As a result of her work on these two peptides, Substance P and neurotensin, respectively, Leeman is considered one of the founders of the field of neuroendocrinology. She became the first woman elected to the section of Physiology and Pharmacology in the National Academy of Sciences in 1991. In 1993 she own the FASEB Excellence in Science Award and in 2005 the Mika Salpeter Lifetime Achievement Award in the field of Neuroscience. Her recent work has focused on the roles of these peptides and their receptors in the immune system with special interest in the role of inflammation in many human diseases.
Important Deadlines for Participants
July 8 - Submit Registration
July 15 - Abstract Submission
July 23 - Symposium