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Keynote Speaker

Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D. photo

Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D.

Alfred E. Mirsky Professor & Head,
Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology; Rockefeller University 


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 US National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences.  He served as Dean of Graduate Studies from 1991-93 and as President of the Society for Neuroscience in 1997-98.  As a neuroscientist and neuroendocrinologist, Dr. McEwen studies environmentally-regulated, variable gene expression in brain mediated by circulating steroid hormones and endogenous neurotransmitters in relation to brain sexual differentiation and the actions of sex, stress and thyroid hormones on the adult brain.  His laboratory discovered adrenal steroid receptors in the hippocampus in 1968.  His laboratory combines molecular, anatomical, pharmacological, physiological and behavioral methodologies and relates their findings to human clinical information. His current research focuses on stress effects on amygdala and prefrontal cortex as well as hippocampus, and his laboratory also investigates sex hormone effects and sex differences in these brain regions.   In addition, he served on the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Socioeconomic Status and Health, in which he helped to reformulate concepts and measurements related to stress and stress hormones in the context of human societies.  This led to the concept of “allostatic load” that describes the wear and tear on the body and brain from chronic stress and related life-style behaviors that lead to dysregulation of physiological stress pathways that are normally protective.  He is also a member of the National Council on the Developing Child, which focuses on healthy brain development as a key to physical and mental health.  He is the co-author of book with science writer Elizabeth Lasley for a lay audience called “The End of Stress as We Know It” published in 2002 by the Joseph Henry Press and the Dana Press and another book with science writer Harold M. Schmeck,Jr. called “The Hostage Brain” published in 1994 by The Rockefeller University Press.

Alphabetical Listing of UMDNJ Faculty

Tyrone Bentley, MD, MA - Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics; UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School

David Bleich, MD - Associate Professor, Dept. of Medicine & Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism; UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School

Lisa Denzin PhD – Associate Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics; UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Emanuel DiCicco - Bloom MD – Professor, Dept. of Neuroscience & Cell Biology/Pediatrics; UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Scott Diehl PhD - Professor, Dept. of Oral Biology & Director, Center for Pharmacogenomics and Complex Disease Research; UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School

William Gause PhD - University Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Senior Associate Dean for Research & Director, Center for Immunity and Inflammation; UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School

Paola Leone PhD - Associate Professor, Dept. of Cell Biology;
UMDNJ – School of Osteopathic Medicine

James Millonig PhD - Associate Professor, Dept. of Neuroscience and Cell Biology & Assistant Dean, Medical Scientist Training; UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Jeannette Rogowski PhD – University Professor of Health Systems and Policy; UMDNJ-School of Public Health

Pamela Rothpletz-Puglia EdD, RD - Director of Nutrition and Wellness, François-Xavier Bagnoud Center; UMDNJ-School of Nursing & Adjunct Associate Professor - Dept. of Nutritional Sciences; UMDNJ-School of Health Related Professions

Margaret Shepard PhD, RN – Associate Professor, Graduate Programs; UMDNJ-School of Nursing

Post-Doctoral Fellows/Residents: TBD

Graduate Students/Medical Students: TBD