An internationally recognized leader in the field of neurological sciences, Dr. Martin's research has focused on hypothalamic regulation of pituitary hormone secretions and on application of neurochemical and molecular genetics to better understand the causes of neurological and neurodegenerative disease. In 1980, he established the National Institute of Health sponsored Huntington Disease Center without walls. Early work in the Center led to a breakthrough in identifying a genetic marker near the gene for Huntington's disease; this culminated recently in the identification of the gene for the disorder.
During his tenure as Dean of the UCSF School of Medicine, he established the W.M. Keck Foundation for Intergrative Neurosciences dedicated to combining studies of the brain and behavior, the Gladstone Institute for Virology and Immunology dedicated to AIDS research, and began planning for a Comprehensive Cancer Center. As Chancellor there he prepared a longrange development plan for the renewal of the campus, obtaining a commitment from the City of San Francisco to expand the UCSF Campus to a second major site. He oversaw the successful completion of UCSF's first-ever-capital campaign, and was one of the principal architects of the pending merger between the hospitals of UCSF and Stanford.
Born in Bassano, Alberta, Canada in 1938, Dr. Martin received his premedical and medical education at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, receiving the M.D., degree in 1962. He completed his a residency in neurology in 1966 and fellowship in neuropathology in 1967 at Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio, and earned his Ph.D. in anatomy from the University of Rochester in 1971.
He begun his distinguished career in academic medicine as McGill University in Montreal, where he eventually became Chair of the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery in 1977. In 1978, he joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School in Boston, where he held the title first of Bullard Professor of Neurology and Chief of the neurology service at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 1984, he was appointed the Julieanne Dorn Professor of Neurology at Harvard.
Highly respected by his peers, Dr. Martin is the author or co-author of more than 300 scientific articles and reviews, and is one of the editors of Harrison's Principles of Medicine, a widely used medical textbook. He has served on the editorial boards of the New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Neurology, and Science, and as an advisor for the development of national policy on biomedical research. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and chaired the IOM Committee that led to the development of the Human Brain mapping initiative, an ongoing research activity supported by several federal agencies. Additionally, Dr. Martin is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the American Association of Physicians and the American Neurological Association, serving the latter as President in 1989.
Dr. and Mrs. Martin, the former Rachel A. Wenger, have four children: J. Bradley, Melanie, Douglas, and Neil.