William Willis, M.D., Ph.D. (2007) Professor Emeritus (School of Medicine)
Neuroscience and Cell Biology
William D, Willis, Jr. became Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience & Cell Biology in 2007. Highlights of Dr. Willisí career include continuous NIH grant support from 1963 to the present (including Principal Investigator of an R01 grant from 1963-present, Director of a Program Project Grant from 1972-2007, and of a Training Grant from 1981-1999) and sponsorship of 13 externally funded postdoctoral fellowships. He has been President of several scientific societies (American Pain Society, Association of Neuroscience Departments and Programs, Cajal Club, and the Society for Neuroscience) and chief editor of the Journal of Neurophysiology and the Journal of Neuroscience. He has been a member of NIH review panels (Neurology B Study Section, Neurological Disorders Program Project Review Committee, Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke Council and NINDS Training Grant and Career Development Review Committee) and several committees of the National Board of Medical Examiners, including the Physiology Test Committee (Chair), Step 1 Committee, and Neuroscience Task Force. In addition to publishing over 300 scientific papers, 34 review articles, 97 chapters and several monographs, he published (with Dr. Robert Grossman) 3 editions of a textbook of MEDICAL NEUROBIOLOGY and chapters on the central nervous system in several editions of PRINCIPLES OF PHYSIOLOGY and of THE TEXTBOOK OF PHYSIOLOGY by Berne and Levy. He has also received several research honors, including a Florence and Marie Hall Fellowship and an Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award in 1984-5, both of which supported a research reassignment in Germany; the Frederick W.L. L. Kerr Memorial Award of the American Pain Society in 1986 for research on pain, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Distinguished Achievement in Pain Research in 1993, the Purdue Prize for Pain Research in 2002, the J.E. Purkinje Honorary Medal for Merit in the Biological Sciences from the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in 2003, and the Distinguished Faculty Research Award from the GSBS at UTMB in 2005. In 2002, he was named by the Institute of Scientific Information as one of the most highly cited authors in the world (top 0.5% of all publishing authors).