Bruce McEwen

We’re pleased to welcome Bruce McEwen as joint Head of Physiology. Bruce joins Allen Cowley and Denis Noble, and we look forward to his continued work on behalf of Faculty of 1000.

Bruce is currently the Alfred E. Mirsky Professor of Neuroscience and runs the Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology at Rockefeller University. He has has been at the forefront of research on sites and mechanisms of estrogen and glucocorticoid actions in the brain and their implications for human brain and body function, including the concept of allostatic load. He is a past president of the Society for Neuroscience, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine.

Denis Noble says, “It is a great pleasure to welcome Bruce McEwen as a co-Head of the Faculty of Physiology. His input will ensure its continued success as one of the F1000 family.”

I called Bruce and asked him why he likes F1000, and what he’s interested in. Here’s a short (< 3 minutes) clip:


We’re increasingly realizing that physiology […] is where it’s at

Bruce McEwen, MP3

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  1. In 1993 Bruce McEwen advised me of the need to show gene activation in a hormone-secreting neuron of the brain, which was the only known way to directly link sensory input from the social environment to behavior. I have never seen any evidence that what we see provides a signal that can be transduced to an electrophysiological signal that is capable of gene activation in, for example, gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons. What are the levels of biological organization that link what we see to our behavior? Are there other neurosecretory neurons in the brain that directly link, via gene activation, what we see to our behavior?