Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D.
Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D., is the Alfred E. Mirsky Professor and head of the Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology at The Rockefeller University. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences. As a neuroscientist and neuroendocrinologist, Dr. McEwen’s laboratory discovered adrenal steroid receptors in the hippocampus in 1968. His current research focuses on stress’ effects on the amygdala, prefrontal cortex, and hippocampus, along with sex-hormone effects and sex differences in these brain regions. Dr. McEwen is author of The End of Stress as We Know It (Dana Press/Joseph Henry Press, 2002) and The Hostage Brain (The Rockefeller University Press, 1994).
Effects of Stress on the Developing Brain
Early-life stress can lead to long-lasting behavioral, mental, and physical consequences. Fortunately, preventive measures can improve health outcomes, and while interventions for those who have already experienced debilitating early-life stress require considerable effort, they remain possible, thanks to the brain’s plasticity. Complementary article to "From Lab Bench to Court Bench."
The End of Sex as We Know It
Sex differences always harbor the potential to create misunderstanding, even conﬂict. Although we have far to go to understand the detailed neurobiology associated with our own human behaviors, we already have more than enough new information and insight to begin reevaluating our stereotypes of the sexes, sex differences, and the ever-elusive notion of equality of the sexes.