In memory of Donald Dennis Price
Price, Donald Dennis, 74, professor emeritus of University of Florida, died in Richmond, Va., on Sept 7, 2016. Dr. Price was born in Pasadena California (1942), to Geraldine M. and Donald R. Price. He obtained his Ph.D. in neurophysiology from the University of California, Davis in 1969, and went on to a postdoctoral fellowship at the Brain Research Institute at UCLA (1970). He then moved east where he was Professor of neurophysiology and psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University (Medical College of Virginia, Physiology and Anesthesiology Departments, 1971-74; 1980-1997), the National Institutes of Health (NIDR, 1974-1979), and, finally, the University of Florida (Oral Surgery and Neuroscience Departments, 1997-2010). His research combined the disciplines of neurophysiology, psychology, and experiential science in an effort to connect the neurophysiological mechanisms and psychological experience of pain. His scientific contributions spanned a wide range of topics in the neuroscience and psychology of pain, including: 1) electrophysiological mechanisms in the spinal cord for the perception of pain; 2) higher-level brain functions that underlie the subjective experience of pain; 3) placebo and related phenomena that modulate pain; 4) sensory and emotional dimensions of pain experience; 5) characterization of pathological mechanisms in patients with chronic pain conditions; and 6) neural mechanisms of opioid analgesia and tolerance. In his later work, he sought to integrate neurobiology and philosophy in order to broaden our understanding of how neuroscience connects to consciousness and inner experience. Donald Price authored over 300 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and book chapters. His publications have been cited over 36,000 times (H-factor 101). He also authored four books, including his most recent book published by MIT press in 2012 on neuroscience and inner experience. He has received several national and international awards and honors, including the John J. Bonica Award from the Eastern Pain Association, the Founder’s Award from the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the Frederick L. Kerr Award from the American Pain Society for distinguished achievement in basic science. Donald Price is survived by his wife Elizabeth C. Price, Richmond, Va., and his daughter Amy Rose Price, Philadelphia, Pa.