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Paul Patterson dies at 70; Caltech neuroscientist
Paul Patterson dies at 70; Caltech neuroscientist

For decades, epidemiologists have recognized that the highest rates of schizophrenia occur in children born in the winter and spring, about nine months after flu season. This pattern led researchers to examine the role that viral infections might play in causing schizophrenia and other disorders, including autism. One of those researchers was Caltech neuroscientist Paul Patterson, whose curiosity about the connections between such infections and brain development led to important advances in the understanding of those disorders. Patterson, a leader in the field of neuroimmunology, died June 25 at his Altadena home from a brain tumor. He was 70. His death was announced by Caltech. In...