Internationally renowned neuroscientist and physician, Dr. Saul Schanberg, 76, died peacefully at home Friday evening after a long fight with cancer.
Dr. Schanberg was assistant director of the Behavioral Medicine Research Program for several years and held a Career Scientist Award from the National Institute of Mental Health for much of his career. He was professor of pharmacology and cancer biology at Duke and served as chair of the Department of Pharmacology from 1988 to 1991.
He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Rachel Schanberg; and his daughter Dr. Laura Schanberg. He is also survived by his sister, Betty Dyer.
His research focused on identifing the biological mechanisms involving CNS regulation of ontogenic growth and development of cell and organ systems.
At Saul's request, donations can be made to the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program ENDOWMENT in memorium, DUMC 3139, Durham, N.C. 27710. The family will be receiving visitors at Howerton and Bryan Funeral Home Sunday from 3 to 5p.m. Memorial service will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Judea Reform Congregation on Cornwallis Road in Durham.
Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home is assisting the Schanberg family. Online condolences may be submitted at www.howertonbryan,com, select obituaries.