Oral Histories

Hollister, Leo

Biographical Sketch:

Leo E. Hollister, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and Stanford University School of Medicine passed away December 19, 2000.
Of special note were his contributions to the clinical pharmacology of tranquilizers and abused substances, particularly the cannabinoids. Of particular importance to the drug abuse field were his reviews of the health aspects of cannabis use, presented in a comprehensive and nonjudgmental fashion on a topic often embroiled in political controversy.
Dr. Hollister served on a wide variety of editorial boards and professional societies. These included the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics where he was Councilor, Vice President and President, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and the Collegium Internationale Neuropsychopharmacologium both of which he served as President. Of special note, however, was his service to the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council Committee on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), which later became the College. Over an 18-year period, he served as Board member, Chairman or Executive Secretary. He served as Chair or Executive Secretary during the critical period just before and after the separation of the Committee from the National Academy. He sheparded the creation of the CPDD as an independent organization. He was truly responsible for keeping the CPDD intact and functioning and was proud to see it become the premier professional society representing the drug abuse research community.

Hollister, Leo
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Interview History:

Dates: Dec-96
Interviewer: F.Ayd



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