Robert Werman, M.D.

The Author: The late Professor Robert Werman, was a diplomate of the U.S. Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. He trained for three years in neurology at Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York City, with an additional two years as a neurologist and psychiatrist in the U.S. Navy.  He then began postdoctoral work on the properties of single nerve cells and was appointed assistant professor of neurology at Columbia University Medical School.  After a year’s research in Cambridge, England, he was appointed Research Professor of Psychiatry at Indiana University.  He also served as professor of anatomy and physiology at Indiana University.  Dr. Werman subsequently moved to Israel in 1967 as professor of neurophysiology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  He has more than 200 publications related to the nervous system.  Dr. Werman led the team that discovered the first new central nervous system transmitter, a simple chemical called glycine, active as a short-term inhibitory transmitter in the spinal cord.  This groundbreaking work (1964-1967) opened the way to the discovery of a host of other chemical messengers in the central nervous system, particularly in the brain.