John Roder: A Triumph of Mind

Mar 21, 2018

REMEMBERING JOHN RODER (July 17, 1950 – January 6, 2018)

JOHN RODER: A Triumph of Mind

By Harold L. Atwood and John Georgiou

Dr. John Roder

John Carling Christopher Roder, FRSC, one of the brightest stars in the Toronto constellation of neuroscientists, died January 6th, 2018, at age 67, after a 22-year struggle with Huntington’s disease.

John was a Senior Scientist at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute of Mt. Sinai Hospital, with collateral appointments in several departments at the University of Toronto: the Departments of Immunology, Molecular Genetics, and Physiology, and the Institute of Medical Science. He also held a Canada Research Chair in Learning and Memory (2002-2015). Although his early scientific training and research were in the field of immunology, he changed his research endeavours to neuroscience in mid-career, determined to search for the causes of neurological and psychiatric disorders. He had a personal reason for initiating a crusade of research in neuroscience, as his son had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. 

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