Massachusetts Institute of Technology



Dr. Wurtman’s long-term goal is to discover safe and effective treatments for brain disease. His research has identified numerous novel mechanisms controlling aspects of brain chemistry in rodents and humans, and shown how these mechanisms may be used to treat brain-based disease. During his career, Dick has published over 1000 papers on diverse topics such as neurotransmitters, neuronal membrane synthesis, nutrition and the brain, neurodegeneration, circadian rhythms, appetite control, and treatment discovery for neurological disease. He received his A.B. in Philosophy and Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1956, and his M.D. in 1960 from Harvard Medical School. He completed his Clinical Training in Medicine and Endocrinology at Massachusetts General Hospital and postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health before joining the MIT faculty in 1970.