Douglas G. Stuart

Douglas G. Stuart

Douglas G. Stuart (1931-) is a retired professor at the University of Arizona (UA) and still an active researcher. He trained first in Physical Education (Sydney Teachers' College, Australia, 1948-50,D.P.E. & Michigan State University, 1955-1956, B.S./M.A.) and then in Physiology (UCLA, 1957-61. Ph.D.). His appointments have been in Sydney, Australia (Instructor at Hurlstone Agricultural High School 1951-53); UCLA (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Anatomy/Brain Research Institute 1961-63, and Research Assistant Professor of Physiology 1963-65); UC-Davis (Associate Professor of Physiological Sciences 1965-67); and the UA (Associate Professor of Physiology 1967-70, Professor of Physiology 1970-02, UA Regents' Professor 1990-02, Acting Head, Departments of Anatomy (1984-86) and Physiology (1974-75, 1987-88), Head of Department of Physiology 1988-91, Associate Dean for Research, UA College of Medicine 1991-96, UA Regents' Professor Emeritus of Physiology (02-present).

Stuart (1931-) was a founding member of the UA College of Medicine. He has been central to the development of university and statewide neuroscience programs. He was the founder, former director (1980-2002), and now the informal archivist/historian (2002-present) of a statewide predoctoral/postdoctoral interdisciplinary research program in movement neuroscience that was supported by an NIH-supported training program (1987-2003). This program strengthened ties between the physical and life sciences, and between Arizona State University (ASU), Northern Arizona University (NAU), the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, and the UA. In all, the program mentored over 100 PhD and over 120 postdoctoral trainees from 15 countries. Stuart volunteered as a regular yearly instructor at NAU in 1991-2007 (biology, exercise-science, physical therapy students) and taught at ASU in 1993-1998 (undergraduate/graduate bioengineering students). Over the years, he organized statewide and international conferences on interdisciplinary neuroscience, and statewide workshops in selected areas of medical and biological engineering. For many years, he was also active in Arizona's various statewide networking strategies for economic development, particularly in high-technology areas that pertain to bio-industrial companies. In May 2011 the UA awarded Stuart an honorary Doctorate in Science in recognition of his contributions over the years.

Several of Stuart's former trainees now hold professorships and headships at leading research universities and institutes in the USA and abroad; e.g., the Neuroscience and Technology Institute, Nicosia, CYP; Ibaraki Prefectural University of Health Sciences, Ibaraki, JPN; Institute of Biophysics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sophia, BUL; Mayo Clinic Medical School, Rochester, MN; Nara Medical University, Yagi, JPN; University of Arizona, Universities of Chicago, and Illinois-Chicago, CI; University of Colorado, Boulder, CO; University of Newcastle, Newcastle, AUS; University of Washington, Seattle, WA; McGill University, Montreal, CAN; University College London, UK; Washington State University, Pullman, WA; University of British Columbia, Vancouver, CAN). The NIH continually funded Stuart's research and research training for the period 1964-2002. He has over 150 full-length experimental and conceptual papers published in refereed scientific journals, and has authored 80 chapters, reviews and symposium volumes. Most of his publications have been concerned with the neural control of movement. He now focuses his academic efforts on being an informal advisor to several undergraduate, M.S., Ph.D. and postdoctoral trainees, and writing overviews on the neurobiology of motor control and the history of movement neuroscience.

For Stuart's full biography please visit the University of Arizona website