April 26, 2021

at the age of 92 passed away a world-famous scientist in the field of clinical biochemistry and biomedical chemistry, head of the laboratory of Molecular Bases of addiction diseases, chief researcher of the Research Institute of General Pathology and Pathophysiology, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation, Professor, Doctor of Medical Sciences


The results of his research in the field of medical and clinical biochemistry, membranology, molecular biology, neurochemistry and narcology have received wide recognition by the scientific community both in Russia and abroad.

He experimentally substantiated the idea of the involvement of the enkephalin system, the role of endogenous opioids and free radical processes in the pathogenesis of alcoholism and drug addiction, and proposed a set of methods for the enzyme diagnostics of organ and tissue damage in these diseases.

Under the scientific supervision of Professor L. F. Panchenko a scientific biochemical and narcological school was established, 15 doctors and more than 60 candidates of medical and biological sciences were trained. The results of his clinical and biochemical and fundamental research were reflected in 403 publications, 10 monographs, 10 inventions and patents.

L. F. Panchenko was awarded the diploma of the V. S. Gulevich Prize of the USSR Academy of Medical Sciences «For the best scientific work on biological and medical chemistry» for the monograph «The role of peroxisomes in cell pathology».

Professor L. F. Panchenko performed a large number of scientific-organizational and scientific-public duties in the Higher Attestation Commission of the Russian Federation, RAMS, RAS, editorial offices of various journals, scientific societies, dissertation councils.

For a number of years, he consistently worked as a scientific secretary and deputy chairman of the expert Council on Biological Sciences in the Higher Attestation Commission of Russia, was a member of the editorial board of the journals of the Russian Academy of Sciences «Neurochemistry», «Issues of Narcology», «Issues of biological, Medical and Pharmacological Biochemistry», the editorial board of the journal of the Russian Academy of Sciences «Biomedical Chemistry», was approved as Deputy chief editor of the Journal of the Russian Academy of Sciences «Narcology».

He was elected chairman of the Moscow branches of the Russian Neurochemical Society and the Section of Biochemistry of the Nervous System, the Russian Biochemical Society of the Russian Academy of Sciences, was a member of the Bureau of the Medical and Biological Department of the International Academy of Sciences.

He was a member of the public Expert Council under the Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation in the direction of «Healthcare, social problems of medicine».

He was awarded the medal «For Labor Valor» and other medals.

The bright memory of a creative, intelligent, benevolent person- Leonid Fedorovich Panchenko — will remain in the memory of his students, friends and colleagues for a long time.

The farewell to L. F. Panchenko will take place on April 29, 2021 at 9.30 in the Funeral Hall at 12 Rossolimo Street, building 1.