Dr. Corneliu E. Giurgea is known as the godfather of brain pharmacology and cognitive performance research science. Dr. Giurgea was born in Bucharest, Romania, and was a psychologist and chemist.
Biography, Medical History, & Experience
Dr. Giurgea studied medicine at the University of Bucharest and earned his Ph.D., also teaching for several years as a professor. He was a lifelong scholar, continuing his studies at the First Pavlov State Medical University of St. Petersberg and adding further specialization in psychology under the pupilage of Ivan Pavlov’s closest collaborators, one being Pyotr Kupalov. Later, Dr. Girgea was a post-doc at the University of Rochester, then a professor at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), and finally, a scientific counselor and researcher at the Belgian pharmaceutical company, Union Chimique Belge (UCB).
It was Corneliu Giurgea’s lifelong dedication to forwarding the evolution of humankind that propelled his career towards the remarkable breakthroughs he would achieve in his commendable life.
Piracetam: The First Synthesized “Nootropic”
In 1964 Dr. Corneliu Giurgea synthesized the nootropic, piracetam, a compound shown to boost memory, learning, creativity, verbal fluency, and brain circulation.
But it wasn’t until 8 years later in 1972 that Corneliu Giurgea first coined the term “nootropic”.
Dr. Coneliu E. Giurgea stated that nootropics should have the following characteristics:
The 5 Nootropic Principles
1. A nootropic should enhance learning and memory.
2. A nootropic should enhance the brain’s resistance of learned behaviors and memory to conditions that would disrupt them (such as hypoxia or electroconvulsive shock).
3. A nootropic should protect the brain from chemical or physical assaults (such as disruption by scopalamine or barbituate drugs).
4. A nootropic should increase the efficacy of the tonic cortical/subcortical control mechanisms.
5. A nootropic should lack the usual pharmacology of other psychotropic drugs (meaning they shouldn’t impair motor function or possess sedative qualities), and they must have very few (if any) side effects and have extremely low toxicity.
These 5 rules codify what you should expect from taking a real nootropic.
WARNING: Beware of False Nootropics
Sadly, some nootropics brands disguise potentially dangerous compounds that may have some nootropic properties as safe.
DHEA, a steroid hormone that feeds cancer tumor growth, is one such potentially dangerous compound that some unscrupulous nootropics brands have been known push on unsuspecting buyers under the guise of a “nootropic” supplement.
Remember, aside from the positive benefits you’ll be looking for in a nootropic, make sure you do your homework on side-effects to ensure you’re taking a safe product. It’s up to neurohackers to perform their own diligent research before concluding that any supplement labeled as a nootropic is safe to put in your body.
Fortunately, you have Dr. Corneliu E. Giurgea’s 5 tenants of nootropics to guide you on a safe journey of neurohacking your mental hardware.
Nootropics & The Evolution of Mind
The goal of this site is to provide helpful information which may be helpful in your nootropic journey. We’re all continuing the mission that Dr. Giurgea brought attention to through his dedicated research. We’re all striving towards a new mind, a “Noo Mind” if you will.
While the good doctor’s most famous quote is “man is not going to wait passively for millions of years before evolution offers him a better brain”, I’ll leave you with some words slightly augmented from Dr. Corneliu Giurgea’s quote:
“[Humankind] is not going to wait
passively for millions of years
before evolution offers
[us] a better brain.”
Dr. Corneliu E. Giurgea
Jan/6/1923 ~ Dec/30/1995