SKLAR--Pamela, MD, PhD.

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of our beloved colleague and friend, Dr. Pamela Sklar. Dr. Sklar was Chair of the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) and oversaw the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology. Dr. Sklar was a brilliant scientist who led a revolution in the study of the genetic basis of mental illness, and a beloved mentor to students and young scientists at ISMMS. Dr. Sklar's laboratory broke new ground with the discovery that schizophrenia is caused by genetic risk factors that overlap with those for bipolar disorder. Her innovative work won her election to the National Academy of Medicine, as well as the Colvin Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Mood Disorder Research from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics. We extend our deepest sympathies to Dr. Sklar's husband, Andrew Chess, MD, Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences; Cell, Developmental and Regenerative Biology; and Neuroscience, at ISMMS; and their children, Michael Sklar Chess and Isabel Sklar Chess. She will be missed. Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and CEO, Mount Sinai Health System Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; President for Academic Affairs, Mount Sinai Health System Eric Nestler, MD, PhD, Dean for Academic and Scientific Affairs; Director, Friedman Brain Institute; Nash Family Professor of Neuroscience

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We are here to touch everyone with love. Sure as the flowers know when to bloom, the inevitable cast its shadows on all of us. Sadness looms of course, but it leaves a trail of richness and life fulfilled. With love and a big hug to the Chess family.
Beverly Johnson
Beverly Johnson
November 18, 2019
Our memories of Pamela go so far back-from seeing a little girl turn into an extraordinarily talented woman. May her memory be a blessing.
Dee and Lewis Noonberg
Dee and Lewis Noonberg
November 17, 2019
Behold, the candle of life!
As it flickers
your spark of genius
will live on!
Beverly Johnson
December 5, 2017
I am a mental health consumer, and I met Dr. Pamela Sklar at the 2016 New York Brain & Behavior Research Symposium.

Her vision in terms of brain science was compelling to say the least. At the event I gave Dr. Sklar my book entitled, "A Consumer's Journey To Mental Health Recovery", written by me, Beverly A. Johnson. She read my book and was very enthusiastic, and who would have thought; she actually invited me to meet with her in her office.

Then Dr. Sklar invited me for a second time to discuss my book some more! I was so moved and humble to be in her presence, and highly impressed.

From our encounter I felt that I could possibly do something for humankind as well.

Rest in peace Dr. Pamela Sklar. Even though your passing was untimely, I was very fortunate to have met you, and your work was and still is a major contribution to the betterment of humanity.
Beverly Johnson
December 5, 2017
I came to know Pam through ELAM. She brought such energy and presence to our conversations. I was struck with admiration for her passion for her work, her love of science, and her commitment to those she led and mentored. It was a privilege to have known her. My sincere condolences to Pam's family, friends and colleagues who have lost someone so beloved and special.
Myra Muramoto
November 30, 2017
I was in ELAM with Pam last year. I remember her as so full of life and happiness. So sorry to hear of her death. My thoughts are with all of her family and friends,
Betsy Trowbridge
betsy trowbridge
November 29, 2017
I got to know Pam through the ELAM program. My heart felt condolences and your family are in my prayers
Nita Limdi
November 29, 2017
I'm very sorry for your loss. Although your grief may seem unbearable, know that God wants to comfort you. Pour out your heart to him in prayer and experience the peace that only he can give. Jeremiah 29:11
November 28, 2017
I am so sorry to hear. We participated in ELAM together just last year. I wish all family and friends many good memories during this difficult time. She made so many contributions to this world in which we live.
Dianne Neumark-Sztainer
November 26, 2017
Pam was my friend and collaborator. She was an exceptional scientist and a lovely person. I'm sad she's gone. My sincerest condolences to her family.
Ricardo Dolmetsch
November 25, 2017
Dear Michael, Isabel and Andy,

I was distressed and deeply saddened to hear the news about Pamela. I think of all of you fondly and hope our paths might cross again some day. Stuart Whittle, Boston
November 25, 2017
We have just learned of Pamela's passing. Such a sadness. We have memories of Pam's climbing the tree in front of our house to all the accomplishments and honors she earned as an adult. Please accept our sincerest condolences.
The Noonberg Family
November 23, 2017
I had the pleasure of working with Pamela for several years more than a decade ago. She was a wonderful person, an extremely talented scientist and a delightful collaborator. May she rest in peace knowing that she paved the way for so many others to follow in her footsteps.
Frank Middleton
November 22, 2017
My heart is broken for all of us over such a loss love and sympathy to Eleanor and the family. BETTE Buchdahl
November 22, 2017
I was so very sorry to hear of Pamela's passing. Please accept my sincerest condolences.
John Napp
November 22, 2017
I am deeply sorry for your loss. May mercy and peace and love be increased to you during this sad and difficult time. Jude 2.
November 22, 2017
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