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On June 26th, the neuroscience community celebrates the birthday of one of the most prominent neuroscientists Dr. Candance Pert (1946-2013). As a graduate student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the early 1970s, Dr. Pert identified the opiate receptor and passionately advocated for recognition of her work in the Albert Lasker Award later received by her supervisor Dr. Solomon Snyder. This fundamental discovery opened the door for a sea of research on the neurobiological basis of information processing in the brain. To continue her academic career Pert moved on to conduct research at the National Institute of Health from 1975 to 1987 and in 1983 became the Chief of the Section on Brain Biochemistry of the Clinical Neuroscience Branch. In 1987, she founded a private biotechnology laboratory and went on to publish over 250 articles on neuropeptides and held a number of patents for modified peptides. Later on in her life, she made a significant contribution to bringing Mind-Body medicine to recognition as a legitimate neuroscientific discipline.

The present Research Topic aims to build on Dr. Pert’s legacy of the opioid receptor discovery and extensive neuropeptide research and aims to spotlight recent advances and methods in neuropeptide and neuroreceptor research which advances our understanding of the functional molecular mechanisms in individual peptides and receptors as well as the global information processing in the brain, utility in treatment and causal pathology in a wide range of brain disorders. Submissions of all types of articles (original research, reviews, methods, opinion, perspectives, etc.) are welcomed.

Keywords: neuropeptides, neuroreceptors, Candance Pert, opioid receptor


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On June 26th, the neuroscience community celebrates the birthday of one of the most prominent neuroscientists Dr. Candance Pert (1946-2013). As a graduate student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the early 1970s, Dr. Pert identified the opiate receptor and passionately advocated for recognition of her work in the Albert Lasker Award later received by her supervisor Dr. Solomon Snyder. This fundamental discovery opened the door for a sea of research on the neurobiological basis of information processing in the brain. To continue her academic career Pert moved on to conduct research at the National Institute of Health from 1975 to 1987 and in 1983 became the Chief of the Section on Brain Biochemistry of the Clinical Neuroscience Branch. In 1987, she founded a private biotechnology laboratory and went on to publish over 250 articles on neuropeptides and held a number of patents for modified peptides. Later on in her life, she made a significant contribution to bringing Mind-Body medicine to recognition as a legitimate neuroscientific discipline.

The present Research Topic aims to build on Dr. Pert’s legacy of the opioid receptor discovery and extensive neuropeptide research and aims to spotlight recent advances and methods in neuropeptide and neuroreceptor research which advances our understanding of the functional molecular mechanisms in individual peptides and receptors as well as the global information processing in the brain, utility in treatment and causal pathology in a wide range of brain disorders. Submissions of all types of articles (original research, reviews, methods, opinion, perspectives, etc.) are welcomed.

Keywords: neuropeptides, neuroreceptors, Candance Pert, opioid receptor


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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