McGeer PhD, MD, FRCP(C), FRSC, OC, OBC, Director
Dr. McGeer received his B.A. in Chemistry from the
University of British Columbia in 1948, and his PhD in
Physical Chemistry from Princeton University in 1951.
After spending three years as an industrial researcher with
the DuPont Company in Wilmington, Delaware, he returned to
UBC, completing his MD in 1958 and his internship at the
Vancouver General Hospital in 1959. He was immediately
recruited for the Faculty of Medicine at UBC where he
continues as a ProfessorEmeritus.
Dr. McGeer is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the
Royal College of Physicians of Canada and the American
Association for the Advancement of Science. He is
an Officer of the Order of Canada, and a member of the Order
of British Columbia. He holds Honorary Doctorates from 4
Institutions..He was recognized by ISI International in the
original data base of the world?s 100 most highly cited
neuroscientists. Scopus lists him in 2008 as Canada?s most
highly cited neuroscientist. His publications include 505
refereed papers; 134 chapters or invited papers; 3 books; 2
edited books; 9 patents.
For many years, Dr. McGeer had a dual life as a brain
researcher and a member of the British Columbia Provincial
Cabinet. He served as an elected member of the B.C.
Provincial Legislature from 1962-1986 and as a Minister of the
Crown from 1976-1986. As a Cabinet Minister, Dr. McGeer
still had time to work evenings and weekends in the
laboratory. During that period he published 150
scientific papers and the first edition of The Molecular
Neurobiology of the Mammalian Brain with Nobel Laureate Sir
John Eccles and his wife Dr. Edith McGeer.
Dr. McGeer has always been interested in sports and played
basketball for the UBC team that beat the Harlem
Globetrotters. He played for Canada on the Olympic team of
1948 and is a member of the UBC Sports Hall of Fame.
Dr. McGeer has known Dr. Murakami for many years and is
very familiar with his efforts in the area of Lyme and
co-infections. Many of Dr. McGeer's research efforts cross
into the area of Lyme. His vast knowledge of the logistics of
research data extrapolation, abstract writings and funding
requests will be of great value to the Society.