Festschrift for Donald Stein
Donald G. Stein is a physiological psychologist and Asa G. Candler Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 1965, followed by post-doctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Stein’s research has long examined the processes underlying recovery of function after traumatic brain injury, producing major contributions to the field. His laboratory was one of the first contemporary groups to confront the doctrine of ‘localization of function’ by demonstrating that functioning in adult subjects can indeed be spared after removal of critical brain structures. This finding sparked a renewed examination of how recovery might be induced in brain damaged subjects and in the 1970’s, Stein demonstrated that intracerebral injections of Nerve Growth Factor could be used to induce functional recovery after brain injuries. In the mid-1980’s Stein’s lab was the first to demonstrate sex differences in the outcome of severe injuries to the frontal cortex. This discovery elucidated the role of sex hormones, particularly progesterone, in promoting functional recovery through its ability to eliminate cerebral edema. Stein continues to build upon his distinguished research program and is currently focusing on determining the physiological substrates responsible for progesterone’s beneficial effects in the treatment of traumatic brain injury.
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