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Oleh Hornykiewicz

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Oleh Hornykiewicz (born 17 November 1926) is an Austrian biochemist.


Hornykiewicz was born in 1926 in Sykhiw (a district of Lvov), then in Poland (now Ukraine).[1] In 1951, he received his M.D. degree from the University of Vienna and joined the faculty of his alma mater the same year and has worked there ever since. He also served for twenty years as chairman of the Institute of Biochemical Pharmacology. In 1967, he began a long association with the University of Toronto in Canada and, in 1992, he was named professor emeritus at that institution.[2]

One of his seminal accomplishments was the discovery that Parkinson's Disease was due to dopamine deficiency in the brain. He also played a key role in the development of L-dopa as a therapy for the disorder.[3]


This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Deutsch WorldHeritage.


  1. ^ "The History of Neuroscience in Autobiography - Volume 4". 
  2. ^ "The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research".  retrieved: 26 October 2009
  3. ^
  4. ^ The Wolf Prize in Medicine
  5. ^ "Reply to a parliamentary question" (pdf) (in German). p. 1843. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Reply to a parliamentary question" (pdf) (in German). p. 1941. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  7. ^ Warren Alpert Foundation Prize Recognizes Leaders in Brain Research

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