Oswald Steward, Ph.D.
Reeve-Irvine Chair in Spinal Cord Injury Research
Professor of Anatomy & Neurobiology, Neurobiology & Behavior,
University of California, Irvine
Steward holds the Reeve-Irvine Chair in Spinal Cord Injury
Research at the University of California,
Irvine (UCI) and is a Professor in the Departments of Anatomy & Neurobiology,
Neurobiology & Behavior, and Neurosurgery. He is also
the Director of the Reeve-Irvine Research Center at UCI.
Named for actor Christopher Reeve, the Center was established
to study injuries to and diseases of the spinal cord and
develop strategies to promote repair and regeneration of
nerve cells. Activities undertaken under the center’s
auspices will promote the coordination and cooperation of
scientists around the world who are seeking a cure for diseases
affecting the spinal cord. Prior to July 1999, Steward was
the Harrison Foundation Professor of Neuroscience and Neurosurgery
at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where he
was the Founding Chair of the Department of Neuroscience.
research focuses of Dr. Steward include how nerve cells
maintain their connections with each other, how
these “synapses” are modified after injury, and
what genes play a role in nerve cell regeneration, growth,
and function. His recent emphasis has been on studying the
genes that regulate cellular responses to spinal cord injury
and on the mechanisms of a spinal cord wound healing process
seen uniquely in mice. Another focus of his research investigates
the mechanisms of mRNA sorting and transport in neurons,
especially the targeting of mRNA to synaptic sites on dendrites.
Steward holds federal and private research grants totaling
than $1 million annually and directs a team of more
than 30 scientists and research physicians in his laboratory.
He is the author of two textbooks (“Principles of Cellular,
Molecular and Developmental Neuroscience,” Springer-Verlag,
1989, and “Functional Neuroscience,” Springer-Verlag,
2000), and has written more than 200 research articles and
honors and awards of Dr. Steward include the NIH Research
Career Development Award (1978-1983);
the Jacob Javitts Neuroscience Investigator Award (1987-1994);
a Co-Recipient (with E.W. Rubel) for the OASI
Institute International Award for Brain Dysfunction Research
(1991); and the Endowed Chair of the Harrison
Foundation Professor of Neuroscience at the University of
Virginia in Charlottesville (1990-1999).