Remembering Emmanuel Landau, MD, PhD
Monday, January 9, 2017
Posted by: Julie Briggs
It is with deep sorrow that we share the loss of Emmanuel Landau, MD, PhD, who passed away on Friday, January 6, in Atlanta, GA. An Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacological Sciences, Dr. Landau was a valued colleague, devoted teacher, dedicated and compassionate physician, and cherished friend to many. He had wide-ranging intellectual interests; an inquisitive, inventive, and enviably analytical mind; and the ability to enrich almost any discussion with an expertly told joke. Even after retirement, he maintained a lively interest in the scientific life of his former students and colleagues.
In 1984, Dr. Landau joined the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the James J. Peters VA Medical Center, where he established a new laboratory to study synaptic transmission in the mammalian central nervous system. Work in this lab soon focused on the role of synaptic plasticity in long-term memory formation and its disruption in models of dementia. In addition to his academic appointments in Psychiatry and Pharmacological Sciences at Mount Sinai, Dr. Landau also served as Chief of Psychiatry at the Bronx VA Medical Center from 1998 until shortly before his retirement.
Dr. Landau was born in the former Czernowitz, Romania, in 1938. As a child, he was smuggled to Palestine in 1944—having witnessed the events of the Holocaust as a young child. In 1963, he received his MD from Hebrew University, and went on to earn his PhD at Australian National University, Canberra, under John Hubbard in 1969. While in Canberra, and subsequently after joining the faculty at Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, he published a series of influential biophysical studies on neuromuscular synaptic transmission, many of which appeared in Nature, Science, and The Journal of Physiology. At Sackler, Dr. Landau pioneered, with Nathan Dascal, PhD, the use of the Xenopus oocyte as a model system to study receptor signaling and membrane behavior. Dr. Landau completed his Psychiatry residency training at the Yale University School of Medicine.
Dr. Landau enriched the lives of those who knew him, and he will be profoundly missed. We share in extending our condolences to his family.
A memorial service for Emmanuel Landau, MD, PhD, will be held on Monday, February 27, from 11 am to noon at the Hatch Interdenominational Chapel in The Mount Sinai Hospital (Guggenheim Pavilion, First Floor West). All are welcome to the service.