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Shaun Morrison

Shaun Morrison

Oregon Health & Science University:
Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery

Tutorial by Shaun Morrison

Theme: Body temperature regulation in mammals


Dr. Shaun Morrison received his Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Vermont, defending a thesis on the central nervous system regulation of blood pressure in spontaneously hypertensive rats. At Cornell University, he continued to study the neural circuits in the brain that regulate the sympathetic nerve activity to blood vessels. As a Professor of Physiology at Northwestern University, he pioneered neurophysiological investigations into the neural basis for the differential brain regulation of the sympathetic outflows to different tissues, including the adrenal gland and the brown adipose tissue. These studies led to a focus on the brain regulation of body temperature, which Dr. Morrison has pursued at Oregon Health and Sciences University, where he is a Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery. Of particular interest are the brain mechanisms controlling heat production in brown adipose tissue and through skeletal muscle shivering.