Discovery of Brain's Plasticity (Neuroplasticity)

Discovery of Brain's Plasticity (Neuroplasticity)

Posted: March 1, 1999
Discovery of Brain's Plasticity (Neuroplasticity)

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.

Dr. McEwen presented Brain Plasticity: What Is It and Why Is It Important? as part of our Meet the Scientist Webinar Series.

Read Dr. McEwen's response to the question: What are you most hopeful about in your research?

Dr. McEwen was interviewed in the Fall 2013 issue of The Quarterly.

Discovery of Brain's Plasticity (Neuroplasticity) Monday, March 1, 1999

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.

Dr. McEwen presented Brain Plasticity: What Is It and Why Is It Important? as part of our Meet the Scientist Webinar Series.

Read Dr. McEwen's response to the question: What are you most hopeful about in your research?

Dr. McEwen was interviewed in the Fall 2013 issue of The Quarterly.