Includes 1 oral history interview with Dr. Albert Heyman conducted on December 18, 1985 by Dr. James Gifford.In the interview Heyman discusses his research of Alzheimer's disease, beginning in the late-1970s, and the subsequent development of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Duke University Medical Center. He also discusses his collaboration with Lisa Gwyther and Allen Roses. Other people mentioned in the interview include Eugene Stead, Larry Thompson, Carl Eisdorfer, Seymour Crofferman, Charles Nemeroff, Harvey Cohen, and Donald Schmechel.
Albert Heyman, born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1916, earned his bachelors (1936) and his medical degree (1940) from the University of Maryland. Following graduation, Heyman spent nine years in Atlanta, Georgia, as a physician where he held a joint appointment at Emory University Medical School as an assistant professor and at the Georgia Department of Health. While at Emory, he established the Genito-Infectious Disease (GID) Clinic at Grady Hospital. In 1953, he became a fellow in neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and joined the Department of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center in 1954 where he founded the Duke/VA Stroke Center. He served as chief of the Division of Neurology in the Department of Medicine from 1964 to 1969.Heyman chaired the committee to administer the Irwin A. Brody Fund for the History of Neurosciences. This fund, begun in 1977 to honor Duke neurologist Dr. Irwin A. Brody, sponsored a variety of projects including the Irwin A. Brody scholarship; annual bioscience seminars for North Carolina high school biology teachers, offering three weekends of labs and lectures from Duke research faculty; an AIDS education seminar for North Carolina biology teachers; a student essay competition in the history of medicine; exhibits of medical art; and other projects.In 1979, Heyman turned his focus to Alzheimer's Disease, and he served as principle investigator of CERAD, the Consortium to Establish a Registry for Alzheimer's Disease. This multicenter project, begun in 1986 through a grant from the National Institute on Aging, was founded to create standardized, validated methods of assessing the disease. The program standardized the way that Alzheimer's Disease was diagnosed throughout the world.Heyman authored hundreds of articles and abstracts and was a member of editorial boards of professional journals.Heyman received numerous awards and honors. From 1961 to1990 he held an NIH Career Award. In 1991, Dr. Heyman received the Distinguished Teacher Award from Duke University School of Medicine, and in 2004 he received Duke University Medical Center's William G. Anlyan Lifetime Achievement Award.Heyman was married to Dorothy Keyer Heyman. They had two daughters: Mical and Leslie. Heyman died in 2012.