Robert Sapolsky, Ph.D is
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Professor of Biological Sciences and Professor of
Neurology and Neurological Sciences at
. Sapolsky, a neuroendocrinologist, has focused his research on issues of
stress and neuron degeneration, as well as on the possibilities of gene therapy
strategies for help in protecting susceptible neurons from disease. In his
well-known book Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers:
An Updated Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases and Coping
(Freeman 1994, second edition 1998), for example, Sapolsky examines how
prolonged stress can cause or contribute to damaging physical and mental
afflictions. His lab was among the first to document that stress can damage the
neurons of the hippocampus. He is currently working on gene transfer techniques
to strengthen neurons against the disabling effects of glucocorticoids. Sapolsky
has received numerous honors and awards for his work, including the prestigious
MacArthur Fellowship, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, and the Klingenstein
Fellowship in Neuroscience. He received the National Science Foundation
Presidential Young Investigator Award and the Young Investigator of the Year
Awards from the Society for Neuroscience, the Biological Psychiatry Society, and
the International Society for Psychoneuro-Endocrinology. Author of numerous
science articles, he is on the editorial boards of several journals, including
the Journal of Neuroscience,
Psychoneuroendocrinology, and Stress and is a contributing editor for
Sapolsky, Robert M. A Primate's Memoir.
Touchstone Books: 2002.
Sapolsky, Robert. Why Zebras Don't Get
Ulcers: An Updated Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Disease and Coping.
W H Freeman and Co.: 1998.
Sapolsky, Robert. The Trouble with
Testosterone: And Other Essays on the Biology of the Human Predicament.
Sapolsky, Robert. Stress, the Aging
Brain, and the Mechanisms of Neuron Death. MIT Press: 1992.
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