Few people die of scarlet fever, dysentery or the plague any more, but many succumb to diseases brought about by lifestyle. Stress, for example, can cause or exacerbate an array of illnesses. Sapolsky will discuss how the body’s stress response can be appropriate and valuable when triggered by an acute physical threat but destructive when activated by chronic psychological stimuli.

Stanford’s John A. & Cynthia Fry Gunn Professor, Sapolsky holds appointments in the departments of biology, neurology & neurological sciences, and neurosurgery.

The Allergan Foundation funds this lecture series, intended to educate people about biological advances that could someday affect their lives. Irvine-based Allergan Inc. provides eye care and specialty pharmaceutical products worldwide.


Arnold & Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences & Engineering (bldg. 80, grid C4 on campus map)

07:00 p.m.