Abba J. Kastin was born in Ohio and educated at Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. After starting his work on neuropeptides as a Clinical Associate at NIH, he went to Louisiana where he now holds an endowed chair at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. In recognition of the concepts he introduced into the field of biologically active peptides, Dr. Kastin has been made an honorary member of 9 foreign medical societies, has received 2 honorary professorships and 3 honorary doctorates (the last one from Uppsala University), and has won several national and international awards. Author of more than 900 papers cited more than 33,500 times (H index 85), he has been listed among the 100 researchers most cited in the scientific literature. He is president of The International Neuropeptide Society/Society for Biologically Active Peptides and has been editor-in-chief of the international journal Peptides for 35 years.