Sang Won Suh

Hallym University, Republic of Korea


Sang Won Suh is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Physiology at the Hallym University, College of Medicine, Gangwon, Republic of Korea. He received his M.D. degree from Hallym University Medical School and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. He performed postdoctoral work in neuroscience at Washington University and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). He also served as a Danish Medical Academy Fellow in neurobiology at Aarhus University in Aarhus, Denmark. Over the last twenty years of his academic and research career, he has published more than 60 scientific articles in prestigious peer-reviewed journals including Science, Nature Neuroscience, Journal of Clinical Investigation, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. He is an active member of the Society for Neuroscience, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and American Association for the Advancement of Science. He spent the last decade trying to understand the role of zinc in the brain. Even though its role in the structure and function of proteins has been known for almost a century, its role as a neurosecretory product or cofactor in the central nervous system is a relatively new finding. Suh is one of the first to report the pivotal finding that zinc translocation from the presynaptic to the postsynaptic terminal contributes significantly to neuronal injury after global ischemia, brain trauma, seizure, and hypoglycemia.

Biography Updated on 17 March 2013

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