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Charles R. Schuster, PhD, former director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), died in February of this year at the age of 81. Dr. Schuster was a pioneer in the scientific study of addiction and in the field of behavioral pharmacology, and was known for his research on the psychopharmacology of drugs of abuse.
After earning his baccalaureate degree in psychology from Gettysburg College and MSc at the University of New Mexico, Dr. Schuster worked at the Smith Kline and French Laboratories. There, he studied animal behavior to create models to facilitate the development of psychiatric medications. He went on to work in the laboratory of Dr. Joseph V. Brady, professor of psychology at the University of Maryland, and earned his PhD at the University of Maryland in 1962. He subsequently joined the …
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