Steven Maier is a University of Colorado Distinguished Professor and the Director of the Center for Neuroscience. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968 and has been at the University of Colorado since 1973. He has received numerous awards including the Norman Cousins and the Neal Miller Distinguished Lectureships, The D. O. Hebb Distinguished Research award and the Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions from the APA, and is a Fellow of the APA, APS, and AAAS. He has held both career and MERIT awards from the NIH, has served on numerous NIH study sections, and has edited and been on the editorial boards of numerous journals. He has authored or co-authored over 300 scientific papers.
Dr. Maier's research falls into two broad areas. One centers on interactions between the brain and the immune system, with study of both how the brain regulates immune processes and how products of immune cells signal the brain. Current emphasis is on understanding the mechanisms of immune-to- brain signaling at pathway, cellular and molecular levels, and the implications of these signaling path- ways for understanding stress, mood disturbances, cognitive impairment. and exaggerated pain states The other main area centers on an exploration of the variables that modulate the impact of stressors on brain chemistry and the neurochemical mechanisms by which stressors alter behavior, mood, and the organism's reactions to drugs of abuse.