Bio - CV
Stuart R. Hameroff, MD
Director, Center for Consciousness Studies, Professor Emeritus,
Departments of Anesthesiology, College of Medicine, University of Arizona and Psychology
Banner – University Medical Center Tucson
Dr. Stuart Hameroff was born in Buffalo, New York and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where he worked at Republic Steel and Cleveland Stadium. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh, and received his MD at Hahnemann in Philadelphia in 1973. He then moved to Tucson, where in 1975 he became the sixth resident in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Arizona. Joining the faculty in 1977, Dr. Hameroff has stayed ever since. Dr. Hameroff's research for 35 years has involved consciousness (how the pinkish gray meat between our ears produces the richness of experiential awareness). Studying anesthetic gas mechanisms, he focused on how quantum effects control protein conformational dynamics. Following an interest which began in medical school in the computational capacity of microtubules inside neurons, Dr. Hameroff teamed up with the eminent British physicist Sir Roger Penrose in the early 90's to develop a highly controversial theory of consciousness called ‘orchestrated objective reduction’ (Orch OR). Dr. Hameroff began the international, interdisciplinary biennial conferences on consciousness (Toward a Science of Consciousness) in 1994, becoming Director of the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona. He has published five books and well over 100 research articles, and appeared in the film ‘What the Bleep do We Know?’ and numerous TV documentaries on the problem of consciousness.
Consciousness studies, quantum mechanical/general relativity approaches to consciousness, protein conformational dynamics, molecular mechanisms of anesthetic gas molecules, information processing in cytoskeletal microtubules, quantum information science, essential features of living systems, nanotechnology, nanomedicine, philosophical pan-protopsychism, coherence and decoherence.
Stuart Hameroff, M.D. joined the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Arizona in 1975. Aside from his full-time clinical role, Dr. Hameroff’s academic and research interests have related to the study of consciousness, how the brain produces conscious experience, and how anesthetics erase it. He has written or edited 5 books, more than one hundred articles, and discussed the science of consciousness in numerous TV shows on BBC, Discover Channel, History Channel, PBS, OWN, and in the film “What the Bleep?” As Director of the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona, Hameroff co-organizes (with philosopher David Chalmers) the conference series ‘Toward a Science of Consciousness’. Hameroff is co-developer, with British physicist Sir Roger Penrose, of the controversial Penrose-Hameroff ‘Orch OR’ theory of consciousness, based on quantum computations in microtubules.
Research Projects: Dr. Stuart Hameroff ‘s research projects are potentially open to resident involvement time permitting.
Visiting Professor, Grand Rounds speaker, Department of Anesthesiology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, August 14, 2003 Visiting Professor, Grand Rounds speaker, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 14, 2003; Co-founder/Director The Center for Consciousness Studies University of Arizona (established November 1999) and Co-Chair CCS Conference Series "Toward a Science of Consciousness" held biennially in Tucson since 1994, alternate years overseas. Founder "Quantum-Mind" List Serv discussion group; Organizer QM Flagstaff conference "Quantum approaches to understanding the mind, July 28-Aug 1, 1999. Course Leader - Webcourse: "Consciousness at the Millenium - Quantum Approaches to Understanding the Mind" September 27, 1999 - January 14, 2000; Organizer “Quantum Mind 2003: Consciousness, quantum physics and the brain”, March 15-19, 2003.
The Center for Consciousness Studies (CCS) at the University of Arizona was established in 1997 by the Arizona Board of Regents. CCS is hosted by the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Dr. Hameroff is co-founder and director and is co-chair of the conference series, Toward a Science of Consciousness (TSC) presented by the Center for Consciousness Studies (CCS) at the University of Arizona, which alternates yearly between Tucson, Ariz. (even-numbered years, from 1998 including 1999 Quantum Mind in Flagstaff and 2003 Quantum Mind in Tucson and various locations around the world (odd-numbered years) in Tucson, Arizona and alternate years overseas, in cooperation with partner organizations and institutions. TSC Conferences have been held in: 1995 Ischia, Italy; 1997, Elsinore, Denmark; 1999, Tokyo, Japan; 2001, Skovde, Sweden; 2003, Prague, Czech Republic; 2005, Copenhagen, Denmark; 2007 Vienna, Austria; 2007, Budapest, Hungary; 2009, Hong Kong, China; 2011, Stockholm, Sweden; 2013, Agra, India. The 2015 TSC will take place in Helsinki, Finland.
Editorial Boards: BioSystems; Journal of Consciousness Studies
2014 Bhaumik Foundation - Toward a Science of Consciousness TSC-20th Anniversary Conference
2011 Rustum Roy Award, Chopra Foundation
2011 Institute of Noetic Sciences, TUS Pilot Study
2011 USAF-AFOSR - Toward a Science of Consciousness, 2011 TSC-Stockholm Conference,
European Office - Aerospace R-D; Asian Office of Aerospace R&D
2005 YeTaDeL Foundation Award for Quantum Approaches to Consciousness
2003 Samueli Foundation Award for 2003 Quantum Mind conference
1998-2001 Fetzer Institute Award to establish the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona, Total 1.4 million dollars
1990-1991 National Science Foundation (NSF) studies of nonlinear dynamics in biomolecular systems; Solitons in biomolecules (Co-PI with Alwyn Scott, PhD)
1982 Pfizer-Roerig Pharmaceuticals for the study of Effects of the antidepressant doxepin in chronic pain states, and various clinical drug and equipment studies in anesthesiology.
The Penrose-Hameroff 'Orch OR' model listed as one of six theories of consciousness, World Book of Science 2000 Penrose-Hameroff 'Orch OR' model featured in 'The Scientist': "Consciousness Studies - an Emerging Discipline?" Related to consciousness research Dr. Hameroff has appeared in numerous shows including two BBC TV shows, a PBS TV segment, a Discovery Channel and several documentary films as well as numerous radio interviews and popular magazine articles (Discover, Scientific American etc.)
Department of Anesthesiology / University of Arizona/ (Research/Consciousness Page)
Center for Consciousness Studies
Quantum Consciousness Website
Selected Press Citations - Quantum Website
Presentations/Conferences - Quantum Website