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Former UCLA Physician Establishes Neuroscience Chairs

  Dr. Arnold Scheibel  
  Dr. Arnold Scheibel
Photo: Courtesy of Dr. Arnold Scheibel

In appreciation of the support he received from UCLA over the many years of his career and to advance scholarly work in the field of neuroscience, Dr. Arnold Scheibel, a renowned neuroanatomist and a former distinguished professor in the UCLA Departments of Neurobiology and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, has made two pledges to establish the Ethel Scheibel Endowed Chair in Neuroscience in the Department of Neurobiology and the William Scheibel Endowed Chair in Neuroscience at UCLA’s Brain Research Institute (BRI) — both as memorial tributes to his parents.

“I hope that these two endowed chairs will help continue the tradition of bringing gifted and creative investigators to the neuroscience research and training programs at UCLA,” Dr. Scheibel says. “After all, the brain is the ultimate source of our humanity, the instrument of our culture and the key to our continued existence as a biological race.”

Intrigued by the emotional factors that play a role in diseases, Dr. Scheibel has focused his research around his interests in both psychiatry and the neural foundations of behavior. He joined the UCLA faculty in 1955, and he dedicated 58 uninterrupted years of service to the university. From 1990 to 1995, he served as director of the BRI. In 1997, Dr. Scheibel was honored with the Distinguished Teaching Award. Among other honors, he has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

During his tenure at UCLA, Dr. Scheibel originated affinity groups, which have provided a culture of collaborative science across the UCLA campus and set the course for the BRI’s current premier standing in multidisciplinary and team-based neuroscience. The BRI, established in 1959, conducts leading-edge investigations and serves as a magnet for exceptional scientists, clinicians and graduate students. “Under Dr. Scheibel’s leadership, the BRI flourished and became more integrated into the UCLA community,” said Dr. Christopher J. Evans, director of the BRI, director of the Hatos Center for Neuropharmacology in the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and Stefan Hatos Endowed Chair in Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. “His contributions included advancing the BRI’s mission to pursue collaborative breakthroughs in understanding the brain and to communicate the excitement of neuroscience to UCLA students and children at local schools.” In addition, during Dr. Scheibel’s time at UCLA, the annual H.W. Magoun Distinguished Lectureship, which recognizes a prominent UCLA neuroscientist, and the annual Samuel Eiduson Student Lectureship, which honors an outstanding neuroscience graduate student, were both initiated.

His generosity and dedication will expand the legacy he created at UCLA and enable its neuroscience programs to remain at the forefront of pioneering discoveries. “It is gratifying that my gift will help UCLA for many generations to come by supporting the teaching and research activities of distinguished faculty at UCLA,” Dr. Scheibel says.

Former UCLA Physician Establishes Neuroscience Chairs For more information, contact Alan Han at: (310) 825-1546


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