Robert Sapolsky, Ph.D is John A.
and Cynthia Fry Gunn Professor of Biological Sciences and Professor of
Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford
University . 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 The
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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