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Expert in Psychopharmacology in Historical Perspective, Regulatory Behavior, etc.

Expert ID: 725342 Wisconsin, USA

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Over the past 20 years he has done extensive research on the history of drug discovery, drug development, drug registration, and the use of psychopharmaceuticals in medical practice. Among the documents he has collected are the virtually complete set of transcripts of the FDA's Psychopharmacologic Drug Advisory Committee (going back to the 1970s and obtained through the Freedom of Information Act), as well as a vast collection of material from FDA internal correspondence, obtained in numerous research trips to the National Archives and Records Administration. These two collections are unique, and, together with a comprehensive knowledge of the development of psychiatry and psychopharmacology, form the basis of his expertise.

He has consulted for the defendants in tobacco litigation.He has consulted for the defendants in lead paint litigation.He has consulted for a provincial government of Canada in litigation over the past sterilization of people with handicaps.He has consulted for the Department of Justice of Canada in litigation over disability.He has consulted for the Department of Justice of Canada in proposed changes in marriage legislation.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Madison, Wisconsin - Eau Claire, Wisconsin - La Crosse, Wisconsin - Dubuque, Iowa - Rochester, Minnesota

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1968 Degree: PhD Subject: History Institution: Harvard University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1991 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Jason A. Hannah Professor of History of Medicine Department: Faculty of Medicine Responsibilities: He is responsible for teaching medical history of medical undergraduates and students in Arts and Sciences. The post is basically a research professorship and he spends most of his time in research on psychiatry and psychopharmacology.
Years: 1967 to 1991 Employer: University of Toronto Title: Professor of History Department: Faculty of Arts and Sciences Responsibilities: He was responsible for teaching social history/history of the family to undergraduates and graduate students in Arts and Sciences

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1968 to Present Country / Region: Europe Summary: Over the years he has lived extensively in Europe and has lectured in Florence (in Italian), Munich, Vienna and Konstanz (in German), and the University of Montreal (in French).

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
CINP: He has collaborated in a 3-volume collection of autobiographical memoirs of distinguished figures in psychopharmacology.
Professional Appointments
He holds a named chair -- the Jason A. Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Toronto.
Awards / Recognition
Twice winner of the gold medal in medical history of the Royal Society of Canada.
Publications and Patents Summary
He has written over 20 books and numerous articles. Most recently: "Before Prozac: The Troubled History of Mood Disorders in Psychiatry" (forthcoming Oxford University Press, 2008)

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He has consulted extensively, frequently for the defendants in product liability cases. Also consulted for governmental units in Canada. Has never testified in court.
Training / Seminars
He has developed a training seminar in the history of psychiatry and psychopharmacology.
Other Relevant Experience
He has a globally unique collection of transcripts of the Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee of FDA; extensive documents from federal archives on FDA. No data base of this nature exists anywhere else.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
German He speaks highly fluent German.
French He speaks fluent French.
Italian He speaks fluent Italian.

Fields of Expertise

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