Douglas G. Stuart has promulgated interdisciplinary biomedical teaching and research since joining the physiology faculty in 1967. First, with colleagues in anatomy and neurology he pioneered an interdisciplinary neuroscience course for first-year medical students when few such approaches were evident in medical education. Next he played a leading role in 1970s'-1996 strategies to advance interdisciplinary biomedical engineering at the university. In 1980-1983, he lead the charge for a university-wide neuroscience group, which effort was followed by recommending in the late 1980s that his own department of physiology convert its PhD program into a university-wide physiological sciences program, the first such conversion in the USA. He was a co-founder, former director (1986-2002), and now the archivist (2002-present) of an informal, NIH-funded statewide predoctoral and postdoctoral interdisciplinary program in movement neuroscience. This program continues to strengthen ties between the physical- and life sciences, and between the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona, and the University of Arizona.
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