PHILIP SEEMAN 1934 - 2021 Philip Seeman died at home on January 9 after a very long progressive muscle disease. His disability did not stop him from continuing to publish, until late 2020, on his favourite topics, the dopamine hypothesis of schizophrenia and the molecular mechanisms of action of old and new antipsychotic drugs. Philip was never happy unless he was helping someone, whether a family member, a student, a colleague, or, as happened often, a stranger who asked for advice and counsel. Philip is beloved by his wife, Mary, his children, Marc (Ellen), Bob (Nicola), and Neil (Sarit) his six grandchildren, Ahron, Geoffrey, Ciara, David, Ronan, and Dori, his niece Carolyn, nephews Martin and Cooper, several cousins, and large numbers of grandnieces and nephews. As a result of Philip's pioneering work in discovering the configuration of the dopamine receptor in the brain to which antipsychotic drugs attach, schizophrenia and related diseases have been greatly destigmatized. The many who daily battle with these diseases are now able to live with dignity and respect. Funeral services will be private. To honour Philip's memory, donations may be directed to schizophrenia research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
Published in The Globe and Mail from Jan. 16 to Jan. 20, 2021.