Eric J. Nestler, M.D. ’83, Ph.D. ’82, HS ’83-87, the Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Psychiatry, Pharmacology and Neurobiology, and Sally E. Shaywitz, M.D., professor of pediatrics and co-director of the Yale Center for the Study of Learning and Attention, have been elected to the Institute of Medicine. Both were chosen for their major contributions to health and medicine and for the significant amount of volunteer time they devote on committees engaged in a broad range of studies on health policy issues.
Dr. Nestler, who directs the division of molecular psychiatry and Abraham Ribicoff Research Facilities in the Department of Psychiatry, has conducted groundbreaking studies in the biology of addiction, unraveling the function of certain genes in the mesolimbic dopamine system.
Dr. Shaywitz and her husband, pediatric neurologist Bennett A. Shaywitz, M.D., lead a team that has conducted groundbreaking studies in the neurobiology of reading and dyslexia, identifying the neural circuitry of reading, its functional disruption in dyslexia, and gender differences in brain organization for reading.