J. M. Petras
Highly respected neuroanatomist Dr. J. M. Petras died on June 19, 2006, following open-heart surgery. Petras received his BS from Cornell University and Ph.D. from Columbia University. His thesis advisor was Professor Malcomb Carpenter. Postdoctoral training with Professor Walle J.H. Nauta at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research led to Petras' appointment there for 42 years as a research neuroanatomist.
He was considering retirement at the time of his death. He will be remembered for his exquisite work in comparative neurology, where his main interests were connections related to cortical variability in primates and seals and spinal cord organization. His later work focused on the use of silver impregnation methods to detect brain damage resulting form anti-malarial vaccinations.
Individuals or families wishing to contribute to the J. M. Petras Memorial Fund may do so by sending a contribution to:
Society of Neuroscience
c/o Marty Saggese, Executive Director
1121 14th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
Please indicate J. M. Petras Memorial Fund on the memo line of the check. Contributions will help to fund a student in Jim's field and are tax deductible.