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Palmer Taylor, Ph.D., served as founding Dean of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Associate Vice Chancellor of Health Sciences (SSPPS) at the University of California, San Diego, since the inception of the school in 2002 until July 2014.  He now serves as Founding Dean Emeritus of SSPPS, and with a NIH grant going into its 42nd year, he carries a continuously active research program in cholinergic neurotransmission and molecular recognition.

Palmer Taylor received his doctoral degree in 1964 from the University of Wisconsin after completing a baccalaureate degree in Pharmacy. Prior to joining UCSD, he held fellowships at the National Institutes of Health and Cambridge University.

In February 2014, Dr. Taylor received France’s highest honor, the Chevalier dans l’Ordre  de la Legion d’Honneur, (Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honor), from an old friend and ongoing collaborator, Dr. Jean-Pierre Changeux.

During a ceremony at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy, Dr. Changeux said, “You have created and strengthened Franco-American connections and, more importantly, friendship between our two countries.”  A highly decorated neuroscientist who received his own Legion of Honor recognition in 2010, Dr. Changeux is a professor at Institut Pasteur and the Collège de France in Paris.

The pair has been working together since 1995. The collaboration started with understanding the basic science of how chemicals and structures operate, and has gradually grown to the point where there are some promising drugs now on the horizon.

“Several drugs tested in animals have shown promise for enhancing brain activity in patients with cognition problems, from schizophrenia to Alzheimer’s disease,” Dr. Taylor said. “Another class of potential new drugs, also in testing, could provide a better antidote for deadly nerve agents like the Sarin gas recently used in Syria,” he added.

Dr. Taylor holds The Sandra and Monroe Trout Chair of Pharmacology at UCSD.  He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and has served as President of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

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County Supervisor Dave Roberts, Named Asian Heritage Awards Gala Chairman

  San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts will serve as the Gala Chairman of the 2014 Asian Heritage Awards to be held Saturday, Nov. 22 at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido.
  The awards, in their eleventh year, celebrate Asian achievement in categories ranging from business to public health while honoring the legacy of Asian Americans.  Individuals and organizations  who  serve the Asian or Asian and Pacific Islander community here or abroad are also eligible
  Supervisor  Roberts represents District 3, which has one of the larger constituencies of Asian Americans, comprising 19 percent of the county’s population.
  “’Visionary’ and ‘leadership’ are the two best words I have to describe Dave Roberts,” said Rosalyn Carmen, president of the Asian Heritage Society, which has produced the award-winning event and celebration since 2004. Referring to Roberts, she said, “He recognizes and empathizes with our mission to empower the community and recognize Asian American  contributions  to the business of San Diego County, thei r cultural value and the entrepreneurial spirit that has ties to both worlds. That is how you bring talent and investment to the community.”....Whole Story

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