David Wong, PhD ‘66, was one of two neuroscientists to share the 2011 Prince Mahidol Award in Medicine. Dr. Wong is an adjunct professor emeritus of neurobiology in the Department of Psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine and a retired researcher at Eli Lilly and Company.
In a statement, the University of Indiana said, Wong was honored for his “outstanding contribution in the discovery of fluoxetine,” an antidepressant under the trade name Prozac, in January 1988.
Dr. Wong started his study and research in the 1970s and later found fluoxetine, which was the first selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. He and colleagues are credited with the discovery of fluoxetine, as well as atomoxetine (Strattera), duloxetine (Cymbalta) and dapoxetine.
Fluoxetine has become the basic model in developing many antidepressants.
Dr. Wong shared this honor with Aaron Beck, MD, a professor emeritus of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.