“Stress and Mental Health”
Webinar by Robert Sapolsky, PhD, Stanford University

Presented by the Alan Hu Foundation

Pleasanton, Calif. (February 21, 2022) — On Monday, March 21, 2022, the Alan Hu Foundation Mental Health Lecture Series will feature a webinar by Dr. Robert Sapolsky, “Stress and Mental Health”. Dr. Sapolsky explains, “Science has known for close to a century that stress, particularly chronic psychological stress, is bad for the health of virtually every organ in the body. It has only been much more recently that it has become clear how stress can adversely impact the brain, with a wide range of implications for mood, cognition and behavior. This lecture will give a non-technical overview of the effects of stress and stress hormones on brain function.”

Dr. Sapolsky is a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Professor, and Professor of Biology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery at Stanford University, and a research associate at the National Museum of Kenya. His 2008 National Geographic special on stress, and his online lectures about human behavioral biology have been watched tens of millions of times. The humor and humanity he brings to sometimes sobering subject matter makes Dr. Sapolsky a fascinating speaker. He lectures widely on topics as diverse as stress and stress-related diseases, depression, memory, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. His latest book, Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst, is a New York Times best-seller, a Washington Post Best Book of 2017, and received the Los Angeles Times book prize. His articles have appeared in publications including Discover, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal. His upcoming book is entitled, Determined: A Science of Life Without Free Will.

The free webinar will be held on Monday, March 21, 2022, from 3:30 – 4:30 pm, PDT. Participants may join beginning at 3:15 pm. The webinar will include 15 minutes for questions and answers following Dr. Sapolsky’s presentation. Please RSVP by Sunday, March 20, 2022, at: https://alanhufoundation.org/ to receive the Zoom meeting link. The Mental Health Association for Chinese Communities (https://www.mhacc-usa.org) will provide simultaneous Chinese interpretation.

The Pleasanton, California-based Alan Hu Foundation was created by Xiaofang Chen and Chih-Ching Hu in memory of their son, Alan. He passed away due to mental disorders in 2018 at the age of 15. Their mission is to promote mental health, raise awareness and remove stigma surrounding psychiatric disorders, and to support fundamental research for cures.

For further information and to support the Alan Hu Foundation, please visit the website: https://alanhufoundation.org/helping