1999 Breakthrough in Proving the Human Brain’s Plasticity

Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D. - Brain & behavior research expert on anxiety
Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D.

In 1998, Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D., received NARSAD Grant funding to support his quest to understand what happens when stress impacts and seems to “damage” the brain. While his research confirmed that stress does impact the brain and can cause shrinkage in the hippocampus region, for example, he also found that the impact is not necessarily permanent “damage.” He discovered the brain’s inherent capacity to adapt and remodel its architecture. His groundbreaking work effectively established what is now known as “neuroplasticity” in the field.

Read an Interview with Dr. McEwen featured in The Quarterly, Fall 2013.

Read an abstract about this research discovery in the Annual Review of Neuroscience.

Read an abstract about this research discovery in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Read an abstract about this research discovery in the Priceedings of the National Academy of Science.